Recent echo, done bi-yearly, showed MR without MVP and TR (all mild) and no changes since last echo. Also, a small pericardial effusion found in front area of heart. Is this something to worry about? I am an avid jogger, no smoking, very light drinker, good diet. Cholesterol excellent and all blood tests normal. Long history of hypothyroidism, taking .1mg/daily. Cardiologist recommended yearly echo. Can I continue exercising without complications? Thank you!
The pericardium is a fluid filled sac that surrounds the heart. At the front of the heart is a small amount of fat known as the epicardial fat pad. This can sometimes be confused with fluid around the heart. I suspect that your doctors plan is quite reasonable. I would discuss your exercise plans with him but I suspect that he would not limit your exercise based on the findings of the echo.
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