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Interpretation of echocardiograms

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An echocardiogram allows the doctor to use ultrasound to create real-time images of your heart. Ultrasound, or higher tones than we can hear, are projected through your body and a machine reads the reflected sound waves and converts them into an image. It is not harmful to you. This is valuable in diagnosing multiple heart conditions, planning treatments, and treatment effectiveness. Many patients find it useful to understand the images and understand what the doctor is looking for.

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    Traditionally, the flow to the transducer is red, the flow away from the transducer is blue, and higher speeds are indicated in lighter colors such as yellow.


  2. What does 30% mean?

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    The 30% indicates the 30% of your blood from the heart of each heartbeat.


  3. How can you get the E.F. increase when he's 30?

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    Medication, therapy, and surgery can help. Talk to your doctor to create a treatment plan.


  4. What does 25% EF mean?

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    Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Landrau is a board certified cardiologist at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Texas and a public speaker on heart health. In 2009 she completed her cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston. Her work has been featured by the American Heart Association, St. Jude Medical, and Univision.

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    25% EF means that with each heartbeat you are removing 25% of your blood from the heart.


  5. I am an 88 year old man. I had a porcine aortic valve eight years ago. I had an echo with an area of ​​1.3 cm. Is that a good result?

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    Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Landrau is a board certified cardiologist at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Texas and a public speaker on heart health. In 2009 she completed her cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston. Her work has been featured by the American Heart Association, St. Jude Medical, and Univision.

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    The valve area of ​​a previously replaced aortic valve depends on the type, size, and location of the valve, but this can be a normal valve area. Contact your doctor.


  6. Who can T.V.I. or P.V.R. measure up?

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    Board certified cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Landrau is a board certified cardiologist at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Texas and a public speaker on heart health. In 2009 she completed her cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston. Her work has been featured by the American Heart Association, St. Jude Medical, and Univision.

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    Typically T.V.I. and P.V.R. The measurements are recorded with an echocardiogram.


  7. What indicates shortness of breath with normal heart rate and blood pressure?

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    There are several causes of shortness of breath, including heart and lung diseases. You should see your doctor and discuss your concerns.
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