Thanks. It did take a while for me to get it posted!
Seems we are quite similar in the numbers. Based on my first echo I was told by my cardiologist I had thickening of the left ventricle due to high BP and that I needed to be on meds and a special diet for the rest of my life. I knew I did not have high BP (normally 110/65 on calibrated home monitor) so my regular doctor took me off the BP meds. Of course, I spent years worrying that if it is not due to BP then it could be CM. I eventually had another echo that showed my measurements as being much more mid-range. Just goes to show the anxiety a doctor can cause by jumping to conclusions on a test that is known to be quite inaccurate.
I was really hoping the doctor would address my question about the large drop in my EF over the years as that is the one thing that I do wonder about. I have always done well in terms of the METS I have achieved and I used to run marathons for a number of years, but I have always had a high HR for my age during exercise so I started to wonder whether this was due to my EF being on the low end of normal. Maybe just another gross error or maybe it had something to do with the beta blocker I had started the day before that particular echo.
I find nothing to worry about on that echo report. Your EF is in the normal range and your exercise tolerance is good. I have to wonder if the EF of 80% is accurate as that number seems higher than what we generally report and was probably a calculated value. A beta bloicker will decrease the observed contractility, so if it was changed from previously it is probably a combination of the 2.
I have only just come across this forum and have been reading lots of posts.
Like a lot of people here I have been suffering from AF for some years now, being treated with Sotalol and Warfarin.
However I have gradually gone into what is Perm AF, which as I live in Portugal ( I`m actually English and not very well covered medically here) is of some concern to me.
Due to a change in symptoms recently I had an Echo done down here and while the Cardio`s report suggests no problems other than the AF the lack of real ability to comunicate, left me with the report but no real understanding. I am pretty unfit 56 year old male.
They used a Philips machine and so I think the results are in a format understandable by anyone who understands. So here are a few of the results ( They use cm ,not mm)
Ao Root Dia.....2.86
An FE of 35%
Only adverse comment was a Mild Mitral Regurgitation
I know a diagnosis cannot be given, but does everything look in order with these particular results?
Appreciate any comments.
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