My recent echocardiogram suggests I have diastolic dysfunction. Is it an alarming condition?

Q. Is diastolic dysfunction an alarming condition?

Answered by
Dr. Isaac Gana
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 03, 2022 and last reviewed on: Aug 01, 2023

Hello doctor,

I had an echocardiogram done recently that indicates I have diastolic dysfunction. The report reads left ventricular diastolic function is abnormal with grade II (moderate) diastolic dysfunction; there is mild tricuspid valve regurgitation, mitral annular calcification, and mild mitral valve regurgitation. I also have mild CAD. I did not have these issues in my last echocardiogram that I had got done six years ago. However, I have had an aortic aneurysm for six years that is stable. Currently, I am using tablet Atorvastatin 40 mg, Tablet Aspirin 81 mg (delayed release), tablet Clonazepam 1 mg, tablet Amlodipine 5 mg, tablet Lipitor 40 mg, and tablet Levothyroxine 88 mcg. Are my reports alarming? Kindly suggest.



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I understand your concern and would be happy to help. The diastolic dysfunction is due to high blood pressure and your history of CAD (coronary artery disease). By ensuring that your blood pressure and lipids are well maintained, diastolic dysfunction will not progress rapidly. How long have you had high blood pressure? Have you always taken your medications consistently? Also, please share the reports. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Hello doctor,

I have had high blood pressure for about 15 to 20 years. No. My blood pressure went up and down for many years and was not controlled (at least five years). By complete result, do you mean the doctor summary? Thank you.



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Diastolic dysfunction is a complication caused by not maintaining reasonable blood pressure control over the past five years. Your doctor might not have said anything specifically about that because it is often irreversible. However, treatment aims to prevent progression. At the moment, you are on tablet Amlodipine and Lipitor. Both medications will help prevent further progression by maintaining your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Do you feel tiredness, dizziness, cough, or lack of appetite? Thank you.

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