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Old 02-02-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Regurgitation Echo Doppler Questions

I had a Echo Doppler, the report reads as follow:

Moderate mitral regurgitation

Mild tricuspid regurgitation

Left ventricular has normal dimension with mild to moderal concentric left ventricular hypertrophy, with diastolic dysfunction an ejection fraction of 60%.

Mild calcifications of mitral valve.


My Cardiologist does not say very much even though I keep telling her of my ongoing symptoms. She just orders another Echo Doppler and said just a little leaky valve, nothing to worry about. Can someone explain any of the Echo Doppler report, should I be concerned? I am suppose to see my Cardiologist next month trying to decide if it's time to change doctors or not. Any help would be great, thank you for reading this.

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Re: Regurgitation Echo Doppler Questions

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... My Cardiologist does not say very much even though I keep telling her of my ongoing symptoms.
To me, ongoing symptoms can tell the patient much more about their health and their heart, than most doctors.

What types of symptoms do you experience?

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She just orders another Echo Doppler and said just a little leaky valve, nothing to worry about.
Doctors are just like other workers. Some analyze and evaluate much better than others. Most doctors order tests, because they make their money ordering tests. But, unfortunately, most doctors don't spend much time evaluating either their patient's symptoms or their patient's test results, do they?

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Can someone explain any of the Echo Doppler report, should I be concerned?
Of course you should be concerned. You are concerned, aren't you?

Your heart has developed some problems. Some of your heart valves are not functioning as well as they should be. Your left ventricle wall has thickened somewhat. Your left ventricle is not enlarged (which is a good thing), and might explain why you still had a good ejection fraction at the time of the echo.

The Doppler Echo Summary, for which all heart patients should get a copy, comes with all kinds of very important heart measurements. What are the summary's measurements of your left ventricle's walls? What are the summary's measurements of your left atrium?

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I am suppose to see my Cardiologist next month trying to decide if it's time to change doctors or not.
Your heart has developed some problems. You certainly don't want your heart to get worse. If your cardiologist is instrumental in making you feel better and in reversing your heart disease, then he/she is doing a good job.

I switched from my cardiologist to one at the Cleveland Clinic. It was the best move that I ever made.

But..... regardless of how good, or how bad, one's doctors are, the best thing for patient to do is get on the most appropriate healthy diet; do daily appropriate exercise; avoid unhealthy environmental and lifestyle irritants, and take the most appropriate, most effective medication(s). In my case, I've done these things and, at age 70, my heart and my health have dramatically improved. I can't believe how well I feel, and how well I am doing, especially when I think about how difficult it was for me to get out of bed 25 years ago!

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Re: Regurgitation Echo Doppler Questions

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To me, ongoing symptoms can tell the patient much more about their health and their heart, than most doctors.

What types of symptoms do you experience?

My symptoms are as follows:

Shortness of breath when lying down or strenous activity.
Frequent fatigue.
Light headedness.
Cough when lying down.
Occasional fluttering in heart.

Doctors are just like other workers. Some analyze and evaluate much better than others. Most doctors order tests, because they make their money ordering tests. But, unfortunately, most doctors don't spend much time evaluating either their patient's symptoms or their patient's test results, do they?



Of course you should be concerned. You are concerned, aren't you?

Your heart has developed some problems. Some of your heart valves are not functioning as well as they should be. Your left ventricle wall has thickened somewhat. Your left ventricle is not enlarged (which is a good thing), and might explain why you still had a good ejection fraction at the time of the echo.

The Doppler Echo Summary, for which all heart patients should get a copy, comes with all kinds of very important heart measurements. What are the summary's measurements of your left ventricle's walls? What are the summary's measurements of your left atrium?

I am not sure if this is the numbers you are referring to from the Echo.

Aortic root 26, left atrium 25, left ventricle 50 and 30.



Your heart has developed some problems. You certainly don't want your heart to get worse. If your cardiologist is instrumental in making you feel better and in reversing your heart disease, then he/she is doing a good job.

I switched from my cardiologist to one at the Cleveland Clinic. It was the best move that I ever made.

But..... regardless of how good, or how bad, one's doctors are, the best thing for patient to do is get on the most appropriate healthy diet; do daily appropriate exercise; avoid unhealthy environmental and lifestyle irritants, and take the most appropriate, most effective medication(s). In my case, I've done these things and, at age 70, my heart and my health have dramatically improved. I can't believe how well I feel, and how well I am doing, especially when I think about how difficult it was for me to get out of bed 25 years ago!

Take care and best of health!

 
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