My mom had a MI 4 years back, and she recovered well with angioplasty, taking medication regularly. Just after the MI, her LV ejection fraction was 42%.
Now she is 76 years old, developed phlegm and lung edema recently...when we went to the cardiologist, he asked to take the echo again.. after looking at the report, the cardiologist was saying, she need to be very careful, should not do any routine work, asking her to sit in one place, quite and calm, and take rest.
By looking at this report, he also told her that she might have undergone a very mild attack few months back, unnoticed.. Interestingly, we see the LV ejection fraction showing a considerable improvement of 45% in this new echo. Not clear, why the cardiologist is saying she need to be much more careful now.. Can anyone see if there is anything specific in this impression for the Cardiologist to give us a warning, and asking her to take rest? How can the doctor say that she might have gone through a second attack by looking at the echo?
Now she is very nervous, and scared.
Latest echo impression:
Septum and Lv apex thinned out.
Apical mid spetum hypokinetic.
Lv Apex Apical septum anterolateral wall hypokinetic.
Moderate lv dysfuntion.
Type 1 lv diastolic function.
Aortic valve sclerosis with mild gradient of 17 mm of hg. Trivial AR.
Mitral valve prolapse.
Post Edited (H0pe) : 1/13/2016 11:58:23 PM (GMT-7)