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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more


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What does it mean when your aortic is dysplastic, probably 2 cusps.

What does it mean when your aortic is dysplastic, probably 2 cusps.

Aortic valve: Is one of the heart valves and commonly has three delicate cusps that open and close with cardiac cycle and flow. There are congenital anomalies of bicuspid valve and these may thicken and be abnormal on echo and produce aortic stenosis and symptoms over time. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your pulmonary conus is prominent with an aorta knuckle?

What does it mean when your pulmonary conus is prominent with an aorta knuckle?

I think u : Need to see your doc on that one, someone shot an x-ray or ct scan, correct? I've never heard of a pulmonary conus or an aortic knuckle, but doesn't mean they are not part of medical language from your area of the world or something i haven't heard of. ...Read more

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What does it mean when after a 2d echocardiogram that says normal heart and then says artoic vavle is leaking?

What does it mean when after a 2d echocardiogram  that says normal heart and then says artoic vavle is leaking?

2 different things: "normal heart) likely refers to the function of your left ventricle (the main pumping chamber of the heart). Leaking aortic valve means some of the blood ejected from your heart is leaking back into the heart instead of going forward to the rest of your body. This is not always a significant problem however. ...Read more

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What does it mean if ultrasound says Vaginal cuff is relatively collapsed?

What does it mean if ultrasound says Vaginal cuff is relatively collapsed?

Nothing to worry.: The vaginal cuff is what remains after hysterectomy. It is normal for it to be "collapsed". As long as no other findings were described in the radiology report, and your doctor has not discussed any concerning findings, then you can rest assured that everything is normal. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the echo showed pfo?

What does it mean if the echo showed pfo?

Patent foramen ovale: This is a congenital opening between the right and left atria of the heart. It normally closes at birth, but stay open in some patients and may need to be closed with a device by a cardiologist or closed surgically by a cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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What can it mean that my left kidney is not properly fused?

What can it mean that my left kidney is not properly fused?

See below: Sorry you have to be more specific than this. "fusion" may relate to congenital abnormalities at birth ask your doctor what is the specific problem, maybe a urologist can help if necessary. ...Read more

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MV structure appears normal with long mobile anterior leaflet which flattens Slightly in systole. Got told my echo was normal but what does this mean? Why would it say normal if this comment was made? Surely this is abnormal? Do I have valve disease?

If you took a: picture of a bridge and there were pedestrians crossing it you would say it is normal. If there were no pedestrians crossing it you would also say it is normal. You would describe the bridge and presence or absence of pedestrians either way. The echo interpretation is being descriptive of a normal finding. It is not abnormal it just is the way it is. No valve disease. Normal for you. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a billowing mitral valve. What does it mean and is it different than standard MVP?

I was diagnosed with a billowing mitral valve. What does it mean and is it different than standard MVP?

Clear Sailing!!: Quote:"There is a gradation from the normal billowing during ventricular systole of mitral leaflet bodies to marked billowing. With advanced billowing or floppy leaflets, failure of leaflet edge apposition supervenes (true prolapse). This is functionally abnormal and allows mitral regurgitation." So, you are OK so far, just have it periodically checked per the advice of your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a dr says your blood work is good, does that mean i'm not pregnant?

What does it mean if a dr says your blood work is good, does that mean i'm not  pregnant?

Good Blood work: It means the things that your doctor checked in the blood are in normal range. Ask if you had pregnancy checked in the blood. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an atrial septum that is "aneurysmal"?

What does it mean to have an atrial septum that is "aneurysmal"?

Hi ya neighbor: I grew up next door in ohio. What u describe is a nit rare "bulge" inside the heart. See the cardiol who did your echo. Perhaps consider 81 mg chewable aspirin. Check with ur md. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dilated aorta: Approx. 75% of aortic aneurysms are infrarenal. If the diameter of the aneurysm increases >= 0.5 cm/6mo. Period, early intervention advised. Once the aneurysm is 5cm or about twice the diameter of the non involved aorta, elective repair is advised. If 4cm dia and enlarging, repair advised to lower risk of death from exanguinating rupture. See your cardiovascular surgeon or vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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17 week ultrasound and right venticular outflow not well visualized. What does that mean and is it to early to even worry?

17 week ultrasound and right venticular outflow not well visualized. What does that mean and is it to early to even worry?

Fetal heart: I would have it checked again in 2-3 weeks, maybe they couldn't get a good look at it yet. ...Read more

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What does a mra of heart mean does it show the valve problem so doctors can treat it?

What does a mra of heart mean does it show the valve problem so doctors can treat it?

Many things...: Cardiac MRI is a non-invasive (non needle based) way of evaluating heart and valve function. It is the most accurate and reproducible way to assets heart function and the cause of heart weakening. To specifically evaluate heart valve structure and function, MRI is good, but cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography) is better. ...Read more

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Stress test fine but what does "perfusion is mildly nonuniform but appears preserved through the myocardium" mean? should i be worried?

Stress test fine but what does "perfusion is mildly nonuniform but appears preserved through the myocardium" mean? should i be worried?

Nuclear imaging: I presume you are referring to a radionuclide stress test imaging report. The technique of the study can cause what your report says and usually does not represent a problem. There are anatomic abnormalities and variations which could also cause that appearance so although the likelihood is nothing to worry about, you can't get a guarantee from out here. ...Read more

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Is rv hypertrophy often missed on 2d echo? Or is it usually discovered? I know right heart is hard to visualize but does it miss hypertrophy?

Is rv hypertrophy often missed on 2d echo? Or is it usually discovered? I know right heart is hard to visualize but does it miss hypertrophy?

It depends: The right heart is usually well visualized on 2d-echo, it is just that the right ventricle has long been neglected due to attention given to the left heart. If a physician is not looking for it and the sonographer lacks familiarity with ultrasound techniques to evaluate the rv, hypertrophy can be missed. There is a push from the echo society to pay more attention to the rv. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a very narrow atrial valve? Is this dangerous?

What does it mean to have a very narrow atrial valve? Is this dangerous?

Can be dangerous: I think you mean aortic valve, the valve coming off the main artery carrying blood to the body. If the valve is severely blocked it can cause passing out, chest pain, heart failure, of even sudden death. If the blockage is not severe the problem can be well tolerated. ...Read more

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Pulmonary Valve (Definition)

The heart has 4 chambers. The right ventricle is the pumping chamber whic h pushes blood into the lungs so oxygen can be put into the blood. When the right ventricle squeezes, the pulmonary valve opens and blood flows into the lungs. When the right ventricle relaxes to fill, the pulmonary valve closes so blood can't flow backwards ...Read more