[Queston about echo measurements -]

Author: Dee (---.jvl.wi.charter.com)

Date: 11-27-02 10:10

I have some reports from my son's echos when he was in the hospital Jan of 2001. I'm wondering if someone can tell me what "L.V. Fractional Shortening (%)" and "L.V. Ejection Fxn (%)" are. Are these the "gradient" measurements? Dylan's ranged from 37 to 50 for the shortening one and 69 to 83 for the Ejection one back in 2001 and from the sounds of things this has worsened to what I don't know yet.

Thanx to anyone who can help me decipher these reports!

Dee

(Mom to Dylan, 3, HOCM, endocarditis/stroke, charmer extrordinaire!)

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[Re: Queston about echo measurements -]

Author: Sarah B. Board Moderator (12.144.99.---)

Date: 11-27-02 10:50

Dear Dee

The ejection fraction is how much of you blood is leaving the heart when it beats. It should be over 55%, so those number for LV Ejection Fxn are good.

I have no idea what fraction shortening is though. If there is a gradient, it will say ___% gradient.

Sarah

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[Re: Queston about echo measurements -]

Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

Date: 11-27-02 13:45

Gradients are measured in millimeters of mercury (mm) not percentages.

it would say something like 30mm for a gradient of 30 ...

EF is measuring the pumping function of the heart, most with HCM have HIGH EF's as the heart is powerful and beats hard.

lisa

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[Re: Queston about echo measurements -]

Author: Dee (---.jvl.wi.charter.com)

Date: 11-27-02 15:36

I think I found it then. Under Peak Gradient - L.V. Outflow Tract he has 53, 27 and 36 on the 3 separate echos.