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 LV hypertrophy of 1.22 a serious concerned fact?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 59-year-male. I had an echo, and all results are normal except LV hypertrophy was 1.22 a little out of range. My BP is 117/77 mmHg, and presently I am not on any medication. I do exercise every day. My cardiologist said to take an echo again in two years. Is this serious?  Read Full »

Dr. Salam Salloum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This mild LVH (left ventricle hypertrophy) is not of concern. Sometimes the echo could miss read the wall thickness. It is fine to repeat it in 1-2 years for reassurance. You could have a cardiac MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), which is much better in assessing the h...  Read Full »

What does jerky septum in 2D echo mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I had chest pain. In my 2D echo report, septum jerky is given. What does is it mean? The doctor said the heart is fine.  Read Full »

Dr. Salam Salloum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The echo is reassuring. A jerky septum means that there is slight dyssynchrony between the septum and the other left ventricle walls. Such thing is usually seen in left bundle branch block which needs to be confirmed on an ECG. If the ECG shows normal sinus rhythm, then...  Read Full »

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