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Echocardiogram Report Interpretation
LookItUp, Use Google: Like all areas of human activity, humans like simplicity, unique to each area, very much including the medical disease system, thus many acronyms. The good news, you are paying attention and asking question as the person primarily in charge of all your medial/life decisions. Likely TAPSE is: Tricuspid Annular Plane Systolic Excursion, a crude indicator of ventricular diastolic & systolic function. ...Read more
Echo: Without knowing more about you and seeing the actual echo study, a clear answer isn't suggested. You should discuss with your doctor who knows you and presumably had a reason for ordering the echo study. We make these decisions based on the individual patient, not on words on a report. ...Read more
My echocardiogram report stated that I have stage1 abnormal diastolic funtion is this somthing to worry about and can it be reversed?
Maybe; yes.: Early stages of diastolic dysfunction (heart stiffening) may be attributable to hypertension (high blood pressure) depeding on your medical history. If so, certain blood pressure medications like enalapril, lisinopril, (the "-prils"), or losartan, valsartan (the "-sartans") at RIGHT DOSE can reverse this condition over time. You are at stage 1 (earliest stage) so you probably don't have symptoms. ...Read more
My echocardiogram report says LVEF "reasonable to good" what does this mean Ejection fraction wise? 30% 40% 50% 60%?
Echocardiogram: "reasonable to good" is that reader's usage and you'd have to ask that reader to be sure what was meant. In my view 50-55% is reasonable to good. ...Read more
Echocardiogram came back normal. I noticed on report left ventricular posterior wall. 7. Is this ok? The results were normal. Female, 28.
My echocardiogram reports shows mildly dialated ra/rv and mild tr/ estd rvsp of 36mmhg, cause unknown, what may be the reason & what's are the the risks?
Not sure: Without knowing more about your medical history and habits, it would be hard to know the cause. Mild dilatation of the ra/rv can be due to several problems, including chronic lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, tricuspid valve disease, a defect (hole) in the atrial or ventricular septum of the heart, abnormal arterial blood flow to the heart muscle, and severe obesity being just a few. ...Read more
"Normal mitral valve. There is physiologic mitral regurgitation."What does "There is physiologic mitral regurgitation." means on echocardiogram report?
No biological valve: Is going to seal perfectly. There will always be a little bit of a leak. This is physiological. In other words normal and expected. ...Read more
Had doppler echocardiogram. Report says "mild aortic insufficiency andtrace tricuspid insufficiency". Doc says this is normal findings. Any worries?
Probably: For a woman of 49 years old, your results are probably not "clinically" significant. This means that although your results are not entirely normal, they (the mild aortic and trace tricuspid insufficiency) do not contribute to any of your symptoms in a significant way. ...Read more
Read reports that I have mitral valve regurgitation. Doctors failed to tell me. Also have splinter hemorrhages. Should I request an echocardiogram?
Interpreting results: It is worthwhile to be evaluated in person;it is easy to take findings out of context&make a wrong conclusion. Eg: Do you have subacute bacterial endocarditis (heart valve infection-bad), or instead minimal regurgitation (leakage) through a normal valve (harmless) & recent unnoticed injury to a fingernail? History, physical, &review of data are needed to determine if studies should be done. ...Read more
I had a CT scan which reported increased liver arterial pressure. I then had an echocardiogram which reported mild right atrium enlargement. Does this sound consistent with pulmonary hypertentsion? I have no other pulmonary symptoms such as difficulty
Investigate more: Both of these could be signs of pulmonary hypertension, but could also be signs of liver problems, left heart failure, and so on. A right heart catheterization plus other testing of your heart and liver should be performed. See a pulmonologist who specializes in pulmonary hypertension to help make the diagnosis first. ...Read more
The colour doppler echocardiography final diagnosis report: septal thickening, diastolic dysfunction. What does this mean?
Report: The wall between the right and left ventricles is called the septum. This was thicker than normal. The relaxation function of the muscle is not normal, this is the diastolic dysfunction mentioned. ...Read more
I got the results for a echocardiography report and it says on one of the summaries mild concentric left ventricular hypertrophy what those it means?
Thick walls: It means that the measurement of the wall thickness is increased. If you have had uncontrolled high blood pressure, that may make sense. IF not, it's possible the echo is over-reading it. One millimeter of increased thickness can result in the report saying "mild LVH". The test isn't super accurate for subtle changes. ...Read more
Echocardiography report, left ventricle, prominent septal bulge 1.2cm without tract obstruction, also resting wall motion abnormalities were present, spectral doppler shows impaired lv diastolic filli?
Complicated: To understand a report one needs to talk with one's physician. Resting wall motion abnormalities means areas of the heart are damaged and not contracting or squeezing normally. That is the heart "walls" are not moving correctly. Sometimes this can cause the wall inside the heart that separates the right and left side to "bulge". Impaired filling means the heart does not "relax" normally. ...Read more
Several things: The heart muscle, the valves, arteries such as the aorta, the four chambers of the heart, fluid around the heart if present, how hard the heart is contracting, whether it is too weak or too thick. ...Read more
Doppler effect: The echocardiogram utilizes ultrasound and a principle called the doppler effect. Doppler effect means sound waves are reflected at different velocities and this information is electronically transformed to allow visualization of structural details and provide information about blood flow velocities. ...Read more
Not sure: What you mean. The ekg has two readings. The computer generated read is immediate and not always correct. Then an over read by a physician is made and agrees with or corrects and improves the accuracy of the reading. A wrong computer generated read is not a falsification but a weakness in the technology at this point. ...Read more
Echocardiogram: This is a non-invasive heart examination with ultrasound much like an obstetric ultrasound study except that it is directed at the heart. It is generally painless and involves no radiation exposure. Of all cardiac studies, it probably tells us more about cardiac structure and function than any other cardiac test. Don't worry about having one done! ...Read more
Ask your Doctor: Echocardiogram is an ultrasound exam of your heart. It looks at the heart valves, heart muscles, blood vessels, and how they function. The exam is used when the doctor things there may be a problem with your heart muscle, valves, or blood vessels. There are too many indications to list, but your doctor or a cardiologist can determine if you should get one. ...Read more
Yes: As is the case with any test, if it is not done properly the results can be misleading. The technician doing the test has to have certain skills or the test can be misleading or just not of good enough quality to give the information being looked for. "garbage in, garbage out" they say. ...Read more
Looks at heart: An echocardiogram uses sound waves (sonar) to look at the structure and function of the heart. The strength of the heart muscle, size of the various heart chambers and the structure and function of the heart valves is determined. Damaged heart from a heart attack can be seen any any valves that are narrowed (stenosed) or leaky are easily seen. ...Read more
Ultrasound of heart: An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound of the heart. Just like an ultrasound of a pregnant woman shows a real-time picture of the fetus, an echocardiogram shows a real-time picture of the heart. An echocardiogram can show if heart valves are abnormal, if the heart is thickened or dilated, how well the heart can pump, if there are any holes in the heart walls, and other heart problems. ...Read more