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    Hello all! I recently had an appt and echo w/ my local cardiologist. I am planning a visit to Mayo this summer. My dr. here said all looks good. My questions are it says:

    1. Preserved left ventricular function, EF at the lower limits of normal, around 50-60%, w/ mild asymmetric left hypertrophy. What does the preserved left ventricular function and asymmetric left hypertrophy mean?

    2 Carotids 2+ and pulses 2+, what does this mean?

    3. My left atrium is at 4.8, which is what it has been for quite awhile, which it says normal is 1.9-4, so is that too bad??

    One thing that I am very happy about is that my pulmonary pressures are normal at 28mmHg, while in the past they were very high. High pulmonary pressures are what kept my father from getting a heart transplant, which has been a long time fear of mine to follow in the same direction.

    Thanks for input and comments!
    Last edited by heather; 01-06-2011, 11:58 PM.
    Heather, 43, non-obstructive HCM, dx'd at age 14, AICD implanted 11-02, PVAI ablation done for a-fib and a-flutter 5-2010. 2nd PVAI done for a-flutter and a-tach 3-2014. 3rd PVAI for a-flutter June 2015, dr forgot to reset ICD settings and I went into vt and almost died, July 2015, July 2015-started tx work up, October 2015, put on list in Dallas and tx'd on November 14, 2015.

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    Re: Some questions about recent echo

    I guess no one has answers for my ?'s. Should I call Lisa?
    Heather, 43, non-obstructive HCM, dx'd at age 14, AICD implanted 11-02, PVAI ablation done for a-fib and a-flutter 5-2010. 2nd PVAI done for a-flutter and a-tach 3-2014. 3rd PVAI for a-flutter June 2015, dr forgot to reset ICD settings and I went into vt and almost died, July 2015, July 2015-started tx work up, October 2015, put on list in Dallas and tx'd on November 14, 2015.

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      Re: Some questions about recent echo

      Heather,
      Perhaps fax a copy of your report to the HCMA office and ask if Lisa can go over it with you. She would be able to help sort out the numbers for you.
      Sorry I'm not more help.
      Theresa
      Philippians 4:4-9; Wife, & 39 yo Mom to 9 year old son and 6 year old son/daughter twins; Diagnosed with HoCM 1999; Cleveland Clinic Myectomy and ICD, January 2006.

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        Re: Some questions about recent echo

        Hi Heather,
        I'm not sure what the carotid numbers mean. As for an atrium that's larger than normal, that does make you somewhat more prone to afib, but obviously you already know that you're somewhat prone to it.

        That said, Theresa's suggestion is a good one -- fax it to Lisa and arrange a time to go over the report with her.

        Gordon
        Myectomy on Feb. 5, 2007.

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