28 year old worried about heart echo test results...please help.?


I feel anxious after reading my reverberate results interpertation but my family dr said it's of no concern...should I be worried? Should I have this question paper repeated yearly?

INTERPRETATION:

1. NORMAL LEFT VENTICULAR SIZE AND SYSTOLIC FUNCTION. THE EJECTION FRACTION IS 60-65%.

2. THE LEFT ATRIUM, RIGHT ATRIUM, AND RIGHT VENTRICLE ARE NORMAL IN SIZE.

3. THE AORTIC, MITRAL, TRICUSPID, AND PULMONIC VALVES APPEAR STRUCTURALLY NORMAL.

4. THERE IS MILD MITRAL, TRICUSPID, AND PULMONIC INSUFFICIENCY. THERE IS NO AORTIC INSUFFICIENCY.

5. DOPPLER SUGGEST UPPLER LIMIT OF NORMAL PULMONARY ARTERY PRESSURES. PA SYSTOLIC IS ESTIMATED AT 30 MMHG.

6. THE INFERIOR VENA CAVA AND AORTIC ROOT ARE NORMAL IN SIZE. THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT PERICARDIAL EFFUSION.

SUMMARY: NORMAL LEFT VENTRICULAR SYSTOLIC FUNCTION. REGUGITANT LESIONS ARE AS DESCRIBED ABOVE. PULMONARY ARTERY PRESSURES ARE UPPER LIMIT OF NORMAL.


this was done on 3/20/2007...should I ask for another? I don't want heart anticlimax or a heart attack. i'm on metoporol since for high blood pressure and meds for GERD. I take a little one aspirin daily along w/ flax seed supplements and fish grease supplements.

thanks for any feedback.

Answer:    There are four valves contained by the heart, and NOBODY has four totally leak-free valves! So mild leach ("insufficiency") at the mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic valves are very average, and inconsequential.

With prolonged/severe high blood pressure, sometimes the left ventricle become enlarged/thickened, but yours is normal, which is good.

As mentioned, ejection fractions above 55-60% are considered average, so you are good there too.


In short, congratulations on what we call for a "normal echo"..
Dude, I wish my ejection fraction be 60-65%! After my MI, it was reduced to 36-40%. I still live a pretty normal existence (but I can't run long distances or can't do things requiring long endurance), get exercise, eat right, et cetera.

You don't own anything to worry about, from what I read, but if you're this panicky confer to your doctor. I have my test done once a year, but I'm a heart patient.

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