• 11 months ago

    about my husband cardio echo

    one part of the test said the chamber structure was normal for the LA LV RA BUT RV size was mildly dilated. Is this a problem we should be concern with. All over function of his heart is 60%. Told by primary care doctor that was good. I just don't trust this. The valve structure and function was mild regurgitation. What does this mean?


  • 11 months ago

    RE: about my husband cardio echo


    "BUT RV size was mildly dilated"

    In general-only here, causes of an enlarged (dilated) or thickened (hypertrophic) right ventricle (RV) includes, but is not limited to, certain congenital heart defects (e.g., a hole in the heart), tricuspid valve regurgitation (leakage), pulmonary stenosis, pulmonary hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    Seriousness of the matter depends mainly on the specific cause and if/when the enlargement progresses and how fast, as right-sided heart failure (RSHF) may/can occur.

    "The valve structure and function was mild regurgitation."

    Heart valve (there a four valves, aortic, pulmonic, triscuspid, mitral) regurgitation levels goes from trace or physiologic (aka minimal or trivial, found in many otherwise heart-healthy people, and for the most-part, can be safely ignored), to MILD (should be monitored) to moderate (should be monitored closely to see what overall effect it's having on the heart) to severe (when it gets to this point, valve repair or replacement is dictated).

    Valvular regurgitation grading scale by echocardiography is 0-4+ . Valvular regurgitation can cause various symptoms (e.g., chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath) or no symptom(s) at all. As necessary, prescription drug-therapy treats symptoms, but does not cure the condition.

    "All over function of his heart is 60%"

    This good and is within the normal range for left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), the amount (%) of blood that is pumped out to the body by the left ventricle (LV).

    Take care,


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      • 6 months ago
        : you are best hope for honest answers. I recently had cardio echo. What is the normal Ejection Fraction for a male age 56 6'2" 170lbs.
      • 6 months ago
        Thanks for your confidence in me. :)

        You asked:

        "What is the normal Ejection Fraction for a male age 56 6'2" 170lbs."

        Here is some info from the prestigious Cleveland Clinic that you should find very helpful.

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        Ejection Fraction

        What do the numbers mean?

        A normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ranges from 55% to 70%. An LVEF of 65%, for example means that 65% of total amount of blood in the left ventricle is pumped out with each heartbeat. Your EF can go up and down, based on your heart condition and how well your treatment works.

        Ejection Fraction (EF) %: 55% to 70%

        Pumping Ability of the Heart: Normal

        Level of Heart Failure/Effect on Pumping: Heart function may be normal or you may have heart failure with preserved EF (HF-pEF)......