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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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Why do I have shortness of breath while exercising?

Query: Hi doctor, My problem started three years back for the first time when I started taking dumbbells for exercise. As I did not know from how much weight should I start, I took 20 kg (10 kg in each hands). Within a week of exercise I felt shortness of breath and so I stopped doing it and visited a doct...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for consulting me at this platform. I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns. I think you need to carry out taking the same medication as this is a mandatory medication. Exercise induced asthma may also cause sho...  Read Full »

I am a 27-year-old woman with severe anxiety, especially health anxiety. Also, I am worried about left ventricular hypertrophy. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27-year-old girl with severe anxiety, especially health anxiety. I had an echocardiogramfor heart palpitations seven years back which was normal. I am worried about left ventricular hypertrophy as I was reading about how it occurs in people who are overweight, and I am overweigh...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. LVH is the hypertrophy of left ventricular muscles. It seems like it is muscle hypertrophy as it occurs when muscle works hard biceps hypertrophy after long workouts in the gym. Similarly, LVH occurs when heart muscles have to work hard...  Read Full »

I experience ectopic beats sporadically. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an echo, stress test, and 14-day Holter tests, that came back showing arrhythmia or reduced heart function. I have brought it up to my regular doctor that sporadically I get ectopic beats when I go out for my evening walks. I have noted them on different days and found that my he...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your Holter monitoring report is normal. The palpitations you felt, were not due to heart rhythm issues. Few premature beats are normal. These increase due to anxiety, excessive caffeine intake, or electrolyte abnormalities. You said echocardiography was normal, so n...  Read Full »

Can I prevent right ventricle dilation from worsening?

Query: Hi doctor, My right ventricle was moderately dilated at 3.7 cm, although my systolic function is normal, and my ejection fraction is 65 %. My inferior vena cava was also dilated, although it was less than 20 mm, which is typically based on what I have observed. My issue is, can I reverse right ventr...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. RV (right ventricle) and IVC (inferior vena cava) size are related to pulmonary pressures in a structurally normal heart. And their larger dimensions are completely reversible if the source is addressed unless they become too dilated. I do ...  Read Full »

Are surgery complications likely for my 5 cm aortic aneurysm?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 73-year-old female, and I have an ascending aortic aneurysm. One year ago, it measured 4.3 centimeters. I went back to my cardiologist a few months ago for a new echocardiogram to see what it now measures. If it has increased to 5 centimeters, would the risks involved in the surger...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The decision to repair an ascending aortic aneurysm is typically based on the size of the aneurysm and the rate at which it is growing. Aneurysms larger than 5 centimeters are generally considered at higher risk for rupture, and surgery is typ...  Read Full »

EKG show ventricular dilation. Is it pulmonary hypertension?

Query: Hello doctor,I had an echocardiogram that showed normal except for right ventricular dilation at 48 mm with normal systolic function. I have controlled hypertension. Then, does it indicate pulmonary hypertension? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The probability of measurement error could be there. However, the examiner could not measure pulmonary arterial systolic pressure and so could not comment on pulmonary hypertension. In your report (attachments remove...  Read Full »

Does a heart hole closing at 18 months pose future health risks?

Query: Hi doctor, My niece was born with a small hole in her heart. The hole was automatically closed when she was 18 months old. As per our doctor, the hole is permanently closed, and there will not be any problem in future. I just want to clarify that if there is any chance for problems in the future.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is less likely that a hole that has closed will open again. Hence as regards to the hole in the heart you need not worry if it has closed. A repeat 2D Echocardiogram would be advisable to see the exact status of the hole (if not done) to detect for any other anomalie...  Read Full »

How should my father be treated for high CK levels?

Query: Hello doctor, My dad had a bypass eight months ago. Now the creatine kinase level is 914 U/L. 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 di...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek S Narayan 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 gastr...  Read Full »

There is increasing VSD in a baby. When can surgery be done?

Query: Hi doctor, I did an echocardiography of my two-month-old baby last year. First, a ventricular septal defect of six millimeters was found. Then we have done next echocardiography this year, and the ventricular septal defect increased to eight millimeters. Baby is now five months old, and his weight i...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. A ventricular septal defect usually closes by the age of two years and even up to ten years. The ventricular septal defect is not causing left ventricle or right ventricle enlargement. Still, the issue of concern in this echocardiography...  Read Full »

My 6-year-old brother has a minute hole in his heart. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My cousin brother, who is 6 years old, has a minute hole of 2 mm in his heart. Sometimes, he takes a deep breath and is feeble by birth. His birth was a C-section. His father also has some chronic heart disease. His father's sister passed away because of heart disease. All the necessary t...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your brother is suffering from congenital heart disease. It is most likely it can be an atrial septal defect (ASD) or ventricular septal defect (VSD) or patent ductus arteriosus. I would suggest you get a 2D echo done. It will help us locate the exact cause and locat...  Read Full »

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