An echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart. It uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. It can spot blood clots in the heart, the presence of fluid around the heart, cardiomyopathies, and problems in the aorta.

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Can you go through my echo reports and tell me if I can go for CrossFit training?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a mitral valve prolapse patient. I did an echo test last year, and as per the doctor, it is not serious. Can I go for Cross Fit training?  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your health query and want to add that the echo report you had uploaded (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) is an old one and is not applicable to assess your health status today. I need to know the current status of your heart. ...  Read Full »

What is the relationship between TAPSE and S' velocity?

Query: Hello doctor,I recently had an echo, and my TAPSE was only 1.8 cm. My RV S' velocity was 16 cm. They said the right ventricle was normal in systolic function and size. I read online that a TAPSE of less than 2 cm is abnormal. I am concerned about the value.  Read Full »

Dr. Ganesh P Sapkal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Different sources give different values. But a value of 18 is normal.   Read Full »

I am worried about my electrocardiography reports. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am 30-year-old, and I have had two echocardiograms. There is no family history of heart disease. I have strong anxiety. I had an echocardiogram done recently, and the only note that was concerning in the report is "The sinuses of valsalva is dilated at 3.7 cm, unchanged from prior study....  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The size of the aorta at sinus level (aortic root) is normal upto 4 cm. The good thing is that it has not changed in six years. It grows with age but grows very slowly in normal persons. If you have a family history of aortic root dilatation or aortic dissection, I sugg...  Read Full »

My ECG is borderline abnormal. Should I get a echocardiogram?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32-year-old male. I have borderline ECG with no symptoms. Kindly give your opinion about ECG.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. I have gone through the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). ECG (electrocardiogram) is normal. Would you please tell me what the symptoms were when ECG was done?  Read Full »

What is the reason for my mother's breathlessness and pain in the left arm, legs, and chest?

Query: Hello doctor, This is concerning my mother, who has been having pain in her left hand and leg at times. She also has pain in her chest and breathlessness. We were concerned about this and decided to take her to a doctor. An echo was done, and the doctor found some abnormalities in the report. Howeve...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for providing all the test reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I have gone through the test results. She has grade 1 diastolic dysfunction. I normally do not recommend treatment for grade 1 diastolic dysfunction, as it occurs normally due t...  Read Full »

I have pain in my upper left back region, and my ECG was abnormal. What does this mean?

Query: Hi doctor,I have pain in my upper left back region. My ECG was abnormal, but my echo was normal. My BP is 130/80 mmHg, random blood sugar is 184, total cholesterol is 124, and triglyceride is 463. I have panic disorder, and I am taking regular medicine.  Read Full »

Dr. Saravan Pramod Settipalli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The symptoms are suggestive of acute gastritis, which might be present as similar complaints as you mentioned. But to rule out heart conditions like angina, as ECG shows abnormal changes, kindly upload your reports to have proper information. I suggest you try taking tab...  Read Full »

Am I a possible candidate for stroke?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently lost partial vision in my left eye. I was diagnosed with retinal ischemia by an eye specialist. After an angiogram, he suspects a small crystal of plaque blocking the blood supply to a portion of my retina. He told me I should see a cardiologist fairly soon, as he has worries ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are chances of cardioembolic stroke (some clot or infected vegetation) particle that your ophthalmologist is suspecting. Your cardiologist will do echocardio and see if any source of that in your heart. To prevent stroke, I suggest taking one high dose of Aspir...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for elevated creatine kinase levels in my father, who had undergone a recent bypass surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My dad had a bypass eight months ago. Now the creatine kinase level is 914. He does not have a chest pain or any other problems. We found this on a routine blood test. Is it because of a heart condition?  He is currently taking medications for his heart, high blood pressure, and diab...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Pillai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the files (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If his CK-MB (creatine kinase-MB) is normal, then his heart should be fine. CK-MB is more specific for the heart than plain CK. Also, his bilirubin levels are elevated. So, I would suggest a gastroentero...  Read Full »

Why am I diagnosed with concentric LVH without any symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, As a part of the annual health check-up, we went for an ECG (electrocardiogram), blood tests, and 2D (2 dimensional) Echo (Echocardiography) and were diagnosed with Concentric LVH (left ventricular hypertrophy). We hence consulted the local doctor who prescribed the below medicines: Myo...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are your blood pressure readings in general? It was truly a fasting sample because if not fasting, then results may not be accurately interpretable. Your ECHO shows concentric LVH, and the usual reason for it is hypertension. So you need to monitor your blood p...  Read Full »

Can you interpret the results of my 2D echo test?

Query: Hi doctor,I just received the results of my 2D echo, and the MV annulus is out of range with a reading of 1.6, the normal range being 3.5 to 4.5. What does this mean? Otherwise, everything is normal.  Read Full »

Dr. Pramod Bhanudas Narkhede

Answer: Hello, It means that the annulus of one of the valves on left side, called mitral valve, is reduced in diameter. So, there is an obstruction to the flow of blood from the low-pressure chamber to the high-pressure chamber, that is, from the left atrium to the left ventricle, which can give rise to sy...  Read Full »

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