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Anyone explain LVOT for me?


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Carrie D Father diagnosed w/apical HCM @ 17 yrs old & diagnosed w/an apical aneurysm in 2012. In April 2015 I was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, Myocardial Bridge & Diastolic Dysfunction. Septal myectomy March 2016/repair myocardial bridge & mitral valve repair. Find out more about Carrie D
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  • Anyone explain LVOT for me?

    Hi Everyone,

    I have searched the forums and done some googling but I don't understand LVOT and what it means.

    My results state: "there is an increase in mean gradient across LVOT; it increases from 2 mmHg to 6 mmHg. At the LVOT the peak/mean gradients are 13/6 mmHg.

    Thank you

    PS ... I posted this question in the wrong place and don't know how to delete it.
    Last edited by Carrie D; 05-19-2015, 08:30 PM.

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    Re: Anyone explain LVOT for me?

    LVOT stands for Left Ventricular Outflow Tract. I don't completely understand the rest though. Sorry.

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      Re: Anyone explain LVOT for me?

      Yes, left ventricular outflow tract - the area through which blood flows out of your heart. The gradient is a pressure difference: the pressure inside your heart is greater than the pressure outside. If you have an obstruction, this number can be quite high. The highest difference they measured for you is 13 mm of mercury (mmHg - think of it as being like barometric pressure). I can't tell you the clinical significance of this number, but many people on this board have much larger gradients - for example, before my myectomy, mine was 120 mmHg.

      Myectomy on Feb. 5, 2007.


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        Re: Anyone explain LVOT for me?

        Thank you for your replies ...


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