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A 41-year-old female asked:

my echo shows mild hypokinesis, will this require treatment? my cardiologist doesn't want to see me for 6 weeks!

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Dr. Elizabeth Trinidad
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Maybe not: Call your doctor for sooner appointment if you are getting worsening symptoms.
Dr. Payam Mehranpour
Cardiology 23 years experience
Likely: Mild hypokinesis means that either a region or the entire heart is not moving as strongly as normal, however this weakness is mild. This may require more testing and will likely require treatment especially if symptomatic.

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Echo in nov 2010 was 65% new one 55%.I have pvcs and sinus tachy. What would cause the drop in ef? Should I be worried?

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What is the difference between a 2-d echo and electrocardiogram which one is more reliable?

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Totally different: Those are completely different tests. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound test of the heart in which high frequency sound waves are used to visualize the anatomy and motion of the heart. An electrocardiogram (ekg) is used to examine the electrical activity of the heart. Each test gives different information. Together, they can help reach a diagnosis.

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