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Dr. Rick Koch
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Is it possible to alter echocardiogram results to make them false? And how? Just curious.

Is it possible to alter echocardiogram results to make them false? And how? Just curious.

Many : Many things can alter some aspects of echocardiogram result including hemodynamic status, cardiac ischemia, and drugs to name a few but there are many more. Understand that the echocardiogram result is a picture of the heart function/structure at a given time, namely at the time the test is conducted. Although there is the capability to acquire 3 d images now, mostly the images are 2 dimensional and can capture misleading results if a thorough exam is not performed to get a complete picture. There are no "false" results per se just perhaps incomplete and at one point in time which may change at another time. ...Read more

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Echocardiogram results normal. But when he listens he hears murmur. Whats up?

Echocardiogram results normal. But when he listens he hears murmur. Whats up?

Echo: You were probably referred for an echo upon your physician hearing the murmur - if echo demonstrates normal cardiac structure and function, the murmur is what we refer to as an "innocent murmur" - this means it is being caused just by hearing the normal sound of blood going through the heart. Discuss your concerns/questions with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Echocardiogram results say I have grade 1 diastolic dysfunction. Everything else was normal. No regurg and EF 65%. Should I be worried? I am 53!

NO: Basically a normal functioning heart; however, the diastolic dysfunction does not seem to be interfering with the pumping action of the heart. ...Read more

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An echocardiogram results says the basal septum is hypo kinetic. The rest was normal, BP etc normal. I am only 38 with no symptoms, what is thecause?

An echocardiogram results says the basal septum is hypo kinetic.  The rest was normal, BP etc normal.  I am only 38 with no symptoms, what is thecause?

Echo: The interpretation of the images on an echo has an element of subjectivity, if everything else is normal there may not be a problem. Discuss with your dr. More tests may be needed to clarify whether you have a problem causing the basal septum to appear hypokinetic. ...Read more

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For palpitations, If my echocardiogram results were normal, can I completely rule out mitral valve diseases?

Yes: Assuming you had a decent image quality study an echo would be excellent at ruling in or out mitral valve disease. Sounds like you can put it out of your mind. Good luck with football. ...Read more

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I am 27 and have just been diagnosed with trivial mitral regurgitation but no mention of mvp on my echocardiogram results. Is this likely progress?

Don't worry: Trivial mitral regurgitation is just that - trivial. Do not worry too much about this very common finding. Just file the knowledge away, and if you ever have another echo (which you just might never need) you and your doctor can see if there has been any change. In all likelihood there won't be. ...Read more

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Echocardiogram results. Mildly thick mitral valve. Tricuspid valve structurally normal but, shows trace of regurgitation. ?

Echocardiogram results. Mildly thick mitral valve. Tricuspid valve structurally normal but, shows trace of regurgitation. ?

Both normal: Both are normal. All normal people have tricuspid regurgitation. This is a 100% normal finding. Thickening of the mitral valve is over-read. It appears in many reports. It has absolutely no clinical significance. Honestly! Please don't give it another thought. ...Read more

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Echocardiogram results mitral valve: mild insufficiency and tricuspid valve: very mild insufficiency. Should i be referred to cardiologist?

No: Mild valvular insufficiency is common and does not cause problems. It may be worth periodic echocardiographic follow up to ensure the valves do not get worse and ensure timely intervention if the insufficiency is worsening. Any follow-up should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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I had a echocardiogram. results say mitral valve demonstrates sclerosis of the leaflets and trace regurgitation. And trace tricuspid regurgitation. ?

Findings. Symptoms?: These are findings on the echocardiogram in the view of the Cardiologist who was looking at the pictures. The real question is why the echocardiogram was ordered to begin with. Were you having symptoms? What problem was the test trying to identify? Generally, trace valve regurgitation is "physiologic" - that is, common & symptom-less. Sclerosis means thickening - so the mitral valve could be stiff ...Read more

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Echocardiogram results indicate an avm. Ct scan of chest and MRI & mra of brain are still negative. Where else might the avm be?

Echocardiogram results indicate an avm. Ct scan of chest and MRI & mra of brain are still negative. Where else might the avm be?

Anywhere: Arteriovenous malformation or avm is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, bypassing the capillary system. The congenital vascular anomaly occurs commonly in the central nervous system, but can appear in any location. Although many avms are asymptomatic, they can cause intense pain or bleeding or lead to other serious medical problems. ...Read more

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Echocardiogram results indicate an avm. CT scan of chest and MRI & mra of brain still negative. where else might the avm be, what does thi mean?

Echocardiogram results indicate an avm. CT scan of chest and MRI & mra of brain still negative. where else might the avm be, what does thi mean?

Anywhere: AVM's can be anywhere including the brain, lungs, intestines. Dr. Rich White at Yale runs the world class HHT center for patients with AVM's in multiple vascular beds. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop heart failure within 7 months of having normal Echocardiogram? Waiting results of blood work for related symptoms.

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Is it possible to develop heart failure within 7 months of having normal Echocardiogram? Waiting results of blood work for related symptoms.

Yes: About half of patients with symptoms of heart failure have normal echocardiogram,as determined by a measurement called ejection Fraction. This is called Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection fraction. It is frequently seen in the elderly,women,hypertensive or Diabetic . Inspite of normal echo their blood test called naturetic peptides are elevated suggesting their heart is in stress. ...Read more

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Heart rate between 40 bpm-50bpm echocardiogram, holter monitor results are normal, non athlete can my slow heart rat be due to genetics?

Heart rate between 40 bpm-50bpm echocardiogram, holter monitor results are normal, non athlete can my slow heart rat be due to genetics?

Possible: Genetics can influence your heart's responsiveness to the balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic tone as well as endocrine conditions such as hypothyroidism which can aggravate bradycardia. Their are also hereditary connections between such things as maternal lupus and congenital complete heart block. Additional monitoring and assessing chronotropic responsiveness might be in order. ...Read more

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