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  • Looking at my medical records and have a question

    I was looking at my medical records and just saw some entries in an echo report from 1999. Was hoping someone could tell me what these entries mean. I'll quote them exactly from the report:

    Under conclusions it says:

    "Focal Hypertrphy of the basilar septum with no evidence of outflow obstruction"

    Does that mean that back in 1999 I had HCM? If not what does it mean?

    My current echo report from July 2003 says under conclusionsw that:

    "Mild left atrial enlargement" Does anyone know what that means.

    Also in the 99 report it says under conclusions"Slightly thickened Aortic valve with normal function" In the 2003 report under conclusions it says "Normal Aortic valve" Does anyone understand the contradiction and if an Aortic Valve is slightly thickened what does that mean?

    I'm still out of work after having the myectomy and defeb put in and maybe I'm obsessing over all this stuff.

    Any answers would be appreciated

    Kathy

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    Re: Looking at my medical records and have a question

    Since nobody else has taken this one up, let me give it a try:

    Yes, that sounds like HCM in 1999. And I guess the obstruction developed since then. BTW, what was your gradient before the myectomy?

    Mild left atrial enlargement is par for the course for HCM patients. Nothing out of the ordinary as long as it stays mild.

    There might not be a contradiction at all - both say that the aortic valve function is normal (which is what matters).

    From the little I have learnt I do not see anything that would concern me at all if I were you. Check with your cardiologist since he is the best person to answer these questions.

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      Re: Looking at my medical records and have a question

      Thank you for your response....Before the mycetomy my resting gradient was 110 mg after valvuls(and I have no idea what that means) it was 144 mg.

      In 1999 I was told that I didn't have anything to worry about because all that was wrong was that I had a very common problem with the mitral valve. I was never told that there was anything more serious and I was never referred to a cardiologist. If they knew I had HCM shouldn't they have referred me to a cardiolgist? Just wondering if I could have avoided the surgeries if I was diagnosed earlier? Please, anyone give me your honest opinion. Thanks for your help.

      Kathy

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        Re: Looking at my medical records and have a question

        Dear Kathy,

        Yes, the 99 report means that the base of your septum was thick---HCM.

        I don't know why your valve would be thick and then normal. As long as the valve is working normally and you don't have back flow, I wouldn't worry about it.

        No, you would not have avoided surgery if you were diagnosed earlier since there is nothing that prevents the heart walls from getting thicker. It is an either or thing, _not_ a "if we'd only gotten there in time!" thing.

        Your gradient is a measure of the blood pressure in your heart from the obstruction your septum caused. 144 is really, really high. You were right to get surgery.

        I hope you are feeling better.

        take care,

        seb

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          Re: Looking at my medical records and have a question

          oh, yes, i'm not surprised in the slightest that they saw a valve problem, said "mitral valve prolapse" (a very common and usually benign problem) and sent you on your way without looking too closely.

          happens far too often.

          s

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            Re: Looking at my medical records and have a question

            Thanks for the replies. When I went to the cardiologist in July 2003 and she gave me the diagnosis she discussed treatment options with me and at that time she said that medication could retard the growth of the obstruction but it would not reduce it. That was why I was wondering if I had been put on medication in 99 that it may have retarded the growth of the obstruction.

            I am very grateful that I was correctly diagnosed and that I had the surgery because I do feel 100% better. Prior to the surgery I was so lightheaded that I thought I was going to pass out several times. The closest I cam to passin out was during a stress test. It was very scary. Since the surgery the lightheadedness is completely gone and I am hopeful that it won't come back.

            Again....thanks for the founders of this message board. I have truly learned a lot because of your efforts.

            Kathy

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              Re: Looking at my medical records and have a question

              dear kathy,

              there is some evidence that beta-blockers can retard hypertrophy, but 4 years is not really long enough to have made a big difference, especially with a gradient over 140!

              you still should have gotten the right treatment at the right time, but it is more likely that you just would've had the surgery sooner, rather than later.

              take care,

              s

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