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mild global hypokinesis
i was told by my heart doctor that i have mild global hypokinesis of the left ventricle. the transmitral e velocity is 6.4 cm/s. the transmitral e/e ratio is 8.0 the left atrial volume index is 18ml/m2. ef45%range. she told me that nothing needs to be done but my family doctor says i need to have further testing done can you please tell me what i need to do. what exactly is  global hypokinesis and should anything be done about it?
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159619 tn?1318997813
Global hypokinesis simply means that the muscle in your left ventricle does not contract as strongly as it should, it's a little lazy, which is why your EF% is a little low at 45% (s/b 50-75%) If it's mild, the Cardiologist is most likely correct and nothing needs to be done at this time. I would make sure to do another echo in a year to make sure it is not progressing. Also, if you begin to have symptoms like shortness of breath on exertion I would see the cardiologist sooner.

Your doctor should work with you to determine the underlying cause. there are many conditions that include global hypokinesis as a symptom. It could be caused by high blood pressure as well so it would be wise to find out what is causing it.

I hope this helps,

Jon
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