I just received my semi annual Echo results for monitoring a mild ascending aortic aneurysm. Everything was consistent with previous studies except for 2 things. If you could provide me with some insight on the following it would help me as I am waiting to see my cardiologist:
1. What does a Grade 1 diastolic dysfunction consistent with impaired LV relaxation mean?
2. It was noted that there is no Pulmonary hypertension, no pericardial effusion and "the IVC appears normal in size, there is a greater than 50% respiratory change in the IVC dimension. The flow pattern of the pulmonary veins were consistent with Systolic Predominance." What does this mean? FYI--my last TEE noted a trace PFO. is there any connection to this?