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  • Echocardiograms--how often?

    Is one per year the usual? Or does it depend on the individual? Since I had a problem last November, I had one in December. Had another one at Tufts in March. The echos before last November were 4 yrs. apart if you can believe that....
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

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    Re: Echocardiograms--how often?

    I believe every year or two is right. I'm sure others will answer you to be sure, though.

    Reenie
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    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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      Re: Echocardiograms--how often?

      echoes are done as needed and on a regular basis. 4 years is a little long. it is usually 2 years if you are very stable and 1 year if you are growing and whenever you have symptoms that can't be medicated out and they want to sneak a peek to see what is up.

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        Re: Echocardiograms--how often?

        Sarah and Reenie are correct...but one thing to remember...there may be a need to have more echos if your symptoms are changing, med changes, device placement, post procedures and for some other reasons. I am sure this seems like an obvious point...but I thought I would bring it up
        Lisa
        Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
        YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

        Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
        lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
        Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
        Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
        Currently not obstructed
        Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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          Re: Echocardiograms--how often?

          For what it's worth... next month i'll be having my third echo done in less than a year. The first was done in Montana last November, after which i was diagnosed with HCM and my cardiologist (whom i couldn't respect more) told me that he just doesn't know enough about HCM to help me. The second was done at the NEMC in March, during which they found my gradient to be much higher than originally thought. Since that echo i have had several med changes as well. Even though i'm really feeling great these days, my new PCP here at school has ordered yet another echo for next month. It will have only been 7 months since my last echo, but at the same time we want to make sure that the new meds have been effective in reducing my gradient. I also think that in the first few years after an HCM diagnosis, they tend to want to track you more closely until a stable pattern is established.
          "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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            Re: Echocardiograms--how often?

            Yes, I agree the 1st yr tends to see more echos and any change in care providers also tends to lead to a new echo.
            Whenever going to a specialist...they prefer to do an echo - mostly because each has there own special techniques that they are used to seeing. I know this sounds WAY to simplistic...but whenever I go to a new place to get my nails done (OK guys you can all roll your eyes now )... although the outcome is very similar the techniques is different... same concept on a much larger scale.
            so yes... there can be more echos then "normal"...but who said we were normal!


            Lisa
            Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
            YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

            Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
            lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
            Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
            Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
            Currently not obstructed
            Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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