Echocardiogram

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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Does pain from splinter hemorrhage spread to other fingers with increased heart rate?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 year old female weighing 100 lbs and 5.6 feet tall. I have had splinter hemorrhages that started in my index finger and now has spread to my thumb, but the pain in spreading to four fingers of my right hand. It becomes unbearable at times when I wake up or when I go into cold e...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is a possibility of limb ischemia that is obstruction of blood flow to your hand. As it is progressive, it is likely due to an embolus (clot) getting dislodged and landing in your hand or may be due to local clot formation. I suggest you visit your specialis...  Read Full »

Which valve is suitable for open heart surgery, mechanical or tissue valve?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46-year-old male. I recently got the echo done and found issues with the aortic valve. The reports show: bicuspid, lateral cusp shows a 6.4 x 6.8 mm structure attached to its free surface? Healed vegetation over lateral aortic cusp, severe eccentric AR, Mild TR, No PAH. Mit...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should go for a mechanical (metal) aortic valve. In patients with age less than 55 years, mechanical valves are recommended. The reason being, the life of the bioprosthetic valve is not great in this age group, and it is bound to degenerate, requiring repeat va...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for heart attack?

Query: Hello doctor, A few days back, my friend had severe pain in his arm and sweated a lot. He consulted a doctor who took a few tests and ECG and was diagnosed with heart attack. I would request you to go through his reports and prescription and advise on treatment.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through all the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). ECG (electrocardiography) is fine without any significant abnormalities. But based on his symptoms, there remains a possibility of a heart attack. So he should undergo...  Read Full »

Routine echo shows moderate pulmonary hypertension. What does it mean?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a routine echo done a couple of weeks ago and just got the results yesterday. The sheet says moderate pulmonary hypertension with peak pressure 54 mmHg and central venous pressure of 15.0. Since I only picked up the results no one explained it to me but set up an appointment with ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This means pressure in the pulmonary circulation has increased likely due to lung problem (if echo is not showing any abnormalities other than this). Likely this is related to obesity although we need to rule out other causes of pulmonary hypertension by doing CT sca...  Read Full »

What are the signs of mitral regurgitation?

Query: Hi doctor, I just want to know what is the meaning of mitral regurgitation, and mild tricuspid regurgitation in 2D echo?  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Mild mitral and tricuspid regurgitation means there is a mild leakage across these valves. Mild regurgitation may be seen in otherwise normal individuals or with age. It is not necessarily ab...  Read Full »

Can trivial mitral regurgitation worsen in future?

Query: Hello doctor, I just recently had an echocardiogram. The result was normal. The only finding was trivial regurgitation of my mitral valve. I was told this is normal. The question I have is, is this something that could get worse over time? If so, what lifestyle changes can I make now to prevent tha...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Trivial mitral regurgitation is physiological, which means normal. And in absence of structural heart abnormalities, this will not progress. So, there is nothing to worry about it and needs no specific precautions. You may continue with all your daily activities incl...  Read Full »

My echo showed RWMA, trivial MR, grade I LV diastolic dysfunction. Should I get angiography?

Query: Hello doctor, As I am feeling tired of walking, my company doctor suggested for ECG, and it showed no abnormality, after which he suggested going for ECHO. The ECHO report shows as follows, ECHO diagnosis RWMA, trivial MR, grade I LV diastolic dysfunction, no pericardial effusion or clot. Now docto...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). In ECG, there is RBBB (right bundle branch block), and ECHO shows RWMA (regional wall motion abnormality) and mild LV systolic dysfunction. There is a mild cardiac dysfunction, so you ...  Read Full »

I was diagnosed with diastolic dysfunction. What does it mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with diastolic dysfunction. The report says velocity E is 84.2 cm/s, and the MVA max velocity is 133.5 cm/s. What does this mean?  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Diastolic dysfunction means there is dysfunction in cardiac relaxation. This is not a worrisome thing and quite common in elders, overweight and patients with hypertension, and other diseases which must have been ruled out on echo and ECG. However, this may cause sym...  Read Full »

What does evidence of atrial septal aneurysm in an echo indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an echo done yesterday, after having chest pains and palpitations for about a month. I looked up to my results and while my results mostly looked good, there was something very alarming in there. It said evidence of atrial septal aneurysm. I cannot get another appointment with m...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are unlikely to be related to this. An isolated atrial septal aneurysm is a benign condition most of the times, but this may be associated with atrial septal defects which can cause symptoms. So, if you are just having an atrial septal aneurysm and since ...  Read Full »

Could Omeprazole cause changes in ECG and increase the heart rate?

Query: Hi doctor, Please read my query and give me your best opinion. I am currently under a cardiologist due to fears that I have had a heart attack in the past and chronic chest discomfort. My cardiologist asked me to take a Holter monitor for 24-hours and the reports he gave me last week were normal. He...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Anxiety and panic are the first possibilities. Sudden onset of palpitations is a very unusual sign of heart attack. None of the investigation and symptoms are compatible with the heart attack. Although there are some ECG changes like Q waves, which can be present, are ...  Read Full »

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