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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Is it possible to have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at 32 years of age?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male of 32 years old with a weight of 183 kilograms and a height of five feet ten inches. I have an LV mass of 176 g/m2 and an RWT of 0.67. I do not have high blood pressure. What is the cause?   Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed your echocardiography report and I am willing to explain the cause for the increased LV (left ventricular) mass value. It can be due to true hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or due to phenocopy. A cardiac magnetic resonance examination has to be done. You nee...  Read Full »

I have pain in my right arm. Should I check whether my arteries have clogged?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 43-year-old. I have some not so mild pain in my right arm for the past two days. Since yesterday, I have some pain in my chest, towards the right. It pains when I cough or clear my throat. Pain is not unbearable but not mild also. Two days back, I felt a bit weak in my right arm,...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome on I passed carefully through your medical history and would like to explain that your clinical symptomatology does not seem to be cardiac-related. Pain modulated by coughing or body posture modulation goes in favor of an extra-cardiac cause, most likely a respiratory i...  Read Full »

Is CT more accurate to check ascending aorta?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had an echo done a month ago. It came back normal. I was reading my finding and I saw it was an enlarged ascending aorta at 3.7. They never said anything about that. So I got an appointment to go to a heart doctor and he looked at my echo and said everything was fine. Bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Regarding your concern, I would like to explain that contrast enhanced angio CT is very accurate at delineating the aorta anatomy, its dimensions and any possible abnormality like enlargement or aneurysm. As your CT scan has resulted within normal ranges you should r...  Read Full »

Why do I still have chest pain despite all reports being normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I have chest pain for three months. I took ECG, Echo, TMT, my reports are normal. But still, I have the same problem. I take Solopose Beta 0.5 mg. My blood pressure suddenly rises to 120/90.  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would like to explain that as all your cardiac tests have resulted in normal, a cardiac issue is almost excluded. A 24 hours ECG monitoring test (Holter) would be necessary to eliminate any abnormal arrhythmic event. Probably the most im...  Read Full »

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