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Echocardiogram Question


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  • Echocardiogram Question

    I had my first echo in over a year, and something is troubling me about it

    The last five echo's that I have done, they have come up with a measurement of 2.2 cm, today the guy came up with 1.2cm

    He was also looking at my twin brothers chart, and basing his measurements on them. Once I pointed out to the tech that he was looking at my brothers info, he shrugged and balled up the paper and threw it out.

    My question is without having anything done, is it possible to see a reduction in septum size

    The doctor will review the echo today, and I see him on the first for a follow up appointment



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    Re: Echocardiogram Question

    Wait, he balled the paper up and threw it away? Your paper or your brother's? Does your brother have HCM? What about documentation? To answer your question, there can be different readings for sure. My husband's readings have always been mid to high 3 cm. We had one technician, though, who measured it at 5.2 cm. I'm not sure how it was so far off, but I watched the echo and even the doctor (not a specialist) thought it was 5.2 cm. Apparently there was a mixup on the way to measure, or where to measure. Good luck with your search for answers.


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


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      Re: Echocardiogram Question

      He balled up my brothers info. He printed off what he thought was my last echo report (which was my brother, who doesn't have HCM) and when I looked at it, I saw my brothers name.


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        Re: Echocardiogram Question

        NO it is not likely that your HCM would just "go away" IF there were a decrease in thinkness there may be some answers (such as disease progression...but - 1cm in 1 year) I would think the tech took a bad echo and I would request a redo.

        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)