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How To Read Echocardiogram Results
I had an echocardiogram done and I need help reading the results. What is mistral and aortic valve leaflet calcification?
Actually: You and your doctor need to review this together. We may able to define these terms for you - but we do not know the context they are in. This should be done between doctor and patient. Not between patient and an unknown, online medical provider who does not have your history. ...Read more
Is it ok that a board certified cardiologist read my echo, but he is not board certified in echocardiography... Results were normal.
Many Many Things: I do echos & have worked with many techs; heart echos are rarely easy; very dependant on the machine, person, tech, reader & commonly “read” rapidly, accepting inaccurate measurements & looking only for marked abnormality (the standard medical algorithm), not excellence of heart function. Sound will not penetrate ribs or lungs, images obtained usually off optimal angles; many options for ↓ quality. ...Read more
Well depending: Depending on what the results were it may be possible ...Read more
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
On echocardiogram results it says normal echo. But I saw lvpw 0.7 and ivs 0.8. Is the ratio ok for these? 25 yr female..
Yes.: Those are measurements of your heart's wall thickness. Your values are completely normal. ...Read more
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
Echocardiogram came back normal. I noticed on report left ventricular posterior wall. 7. Is this ok? The results were normal. Female, 28.
I had an echocardiogram done recently, and the results showed that my septal wall measurement = 1.5. Is it possible that I have cardiomyopathy?
Possible: But more complicated than merely a measurement. The quality of the echo image is crucial along with the rest of the cardiac findings. Then symptoms must be evaluated. This is very comprehensive and the conversation must be done with your cardiologist who has reviewed the echo. 1.5 cm is thick but must be placed in context. ...Read more
About 15 months ago I had an echocardiogram which led to good results. What is the likely of having heart problems since my last test?
Heart problems: There are many kinds of 'heart problems'. Having a normal echocardiogram rules out many of them and is unlikely to change without something happening to you and signalling its presence by symptoms. Those 'heart problems' not demonstrated by echocardiogram, of course, aren't included. ...Read more
Recently sick & took Mucinex (guaifenesin)-D. I also had previously sched. Echocardiogram. I forgot to mention the Mucinex (guaifenesin) to cardio. Will it affect the results?
Unlikely: The decongestant ("D") in Mucinex (guaifenesin) D can cause vasoconstriction and increase the blood pressure. I would expect minor-to-no changes for the overall echo interpretation. You may mention this to the cardiologist at follow up (since s/he can use this information in the context of your history and findings). ...Read more
I was given anti inflammatory medicine the night before an echocardiogram to check for pericarditis. Could this have affected the results?
Pericarditis: No, anti inflammatory medicine will not affect the results. ...Read more
I have POTS & mild lupus. Had a normal stress echocardiogram 2 years ago, dr just did f/u echo today. Chances of having bad result? I'm 28, very nervous
POTS / lupus: If you have no new symptoms would be very unusual to have any abnormality on this test as a result of either POTS or lupus. ...Read more
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?
I feel pressure in my chest, did an ecg test the the results came abnormal, had and echocardiogram test as well and everything looked okay...I have slight coughs now...what could this be pls?
Not necessarily: These tests can only pick up so many of the abnormalities. It is possible that you have narrowing of the coronary arteries but the blockage is not severe enough to show up in these tests. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor to see what are the results of other tests, including lab tests and what, if any life style changes or medications may be needed. ...Read more
For palpitations, If my echocardiogram results were normal, can I completely rule out mitral valve diseases?
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
Tests: If your tests are abnormal you should expect to discuss the results and their implications with your doctor. ...Read more
Echocardiogram results. Mildly thick mitral valve. Tricuspid valve structurally normal but, shows trace of regurgitation.?
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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