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  • Echo

    My daughter, Melissa, had an echo last week. The cardiologist that read the echo is not a HCM specialist and her results were negative. Melissa's family doctor order the echo, she doesn't even know the cardiologist. My question: Because Melissa's echo was not read by a HCM specialist..Is there something that a specialist in HCM would look for in the echo? Would I be wise to have my cardiologist read it?
    Any advise would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Re: Echo

    I think that if the cardio who read the echo knew the family history and why the echo was done to begin with, then it's fine. The problem comes when the docs don't know what to look for.


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


    • #3
      Re: Echo

      Ask for a copy of the echo report, you are entitled to it and it will list all of the wall measurements and usually what the normal range as well, so you can see from the report if anything is unusual.

      there are several posts on how to read echo reports in the board.



      • #4
        Re: Echo

        Yes, I think it would be wise to have someone review it.

        Take care,
        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)