Questions on echo stress tests and MVP.

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Pinks
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   Posted 12/19/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone
 
I actually called up my doctor to ask about this but he is not available so I thought I'd just post some questions here (no professional advise of course, just some info needed especially from those who had have similar experiences).
 
1. I had an echo stress test (echocardiography done before and after the treadmill) to find out if there is 'anything wrong' with my heart. By 'anything wrong', I wonder if it is able to spot any abnormalities with the heart/arteries/rythm/etc or is it only used to determine ischemia?
 
2. Is an echo stress test able to spot mitral valve prolapse(MVP)?
 
3. For those who have MVP, what are the most common symptoms?
 
Thanks.
 
Pinks
 
 

stkitt
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   Posted 12/20/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Pinks,

Cause of the leakage of the valve can only be decided on Echocardiogram.

With mild leak in the valve and with a normal heart function with no dilatation or increase in the size of the heart, one doesn’t have to worry about this, excepting getting a yearly echocardiography done. If the valve's leak progresses, then it can be tackled by valve repair procedure which can be either performed surgically or now a days in certain good centres, even performed percutaneously.

Pinks, an echo can provide much information about the heart.

If your physician is letting you walk around, I would think you are safe at this time. 

I am glad you are being an advocate for yourself.

Take care

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   Posted 12/22/2008 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Cause of the leakage of the valve can only be decided on Echocardiogram.

With mild leak in the valve and with a normal heart function with no dilatation or increase in the size of the heart, one doesn’t have to worry about this, excepting getting a yearly echocardiography done. If the valve's leak progresses, then it can be tackled by valve repair procedure which can be either performed surgically or now a days in certain good centres, even performed percutaneously.

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