Originally Posted by ctd
I just had a echocardiogram, where the aortic root was measured. It was 44mm, vs. the upper end of normal which is 39mm. Anyone else dealing with this issue and what has your doctor said about it? I don't see my doc until March. Thanks
The normal range for root is 2.0-3.7cm or convert 20-37mm, 39mm is somewhat more liberal. According to the echo report my aortic root is 3.4cm, and I have moderate mitral valve regurgitation. Areas of interest include the leaflets that should close and prevent any backflow during systole (pumping phase), as well as the cordae that attach to the leaflets are normal and not elongated, and no pappilary muscle damge that the cords attach. If the leaflets close properly when appropriate, there is no problem in my opinion, but there should be an explanaton! The doppler with the echo would color-code blood flow and show whether or not there is any regurgitation. You do not indicate leakage so I assume there is none.
Was the aortic root the only dimension out of range?