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I think I qualify for this DX too. I had a stress ECHO June 2010, with mild/minor abnormalities all over the place, and a conclusion of “cannot rule out cardiomyopthy at an early stage”. Also says: “Diastolic dysfunction; mildly abnormal relaxation without significant increase of left atrial pressure.” If you want to know more from this report, just let me know. I am having my next ECHO in Sept.. just a couple of weeks away.
Hi Ourfullhouse, Yes, I think we’d all like to know how your echo goes!
I know it has been a long time since I was supposed to update with my ECHO results, yikes, but this is how it went:
On the whole this ECHO (post CCSVI treatment and I was on Diamox) was better than the one 15 months previously. Resting ejection fraction 55% and the mild abnormalities seen previously in the left ventricle are gone (?), the right ventricle previously was at the upper limits of normal in size and is now totally normal, the left atrium was previously mild to moderately dilated and the right atrium was mildly dilated and both are now normal, previously had trace mitral valve regurgitation and now none, and on my first ECHO I had mild pulmonary hypertension and now it is also gone (pressures went from the 32-37 mmHg range to 23-28 mmHg range).
Things that stayed the same were that the mitral valve is mildly sclerotic and the aortic valve is trileaflet with mild sclerotic changes.
The one thing that changed the most in the most recent ECHO and has left my cardiologist scratching her head a bit, is that my blood pressure barely changed AT ALL during the stress part of the test. Doctor talk is “Blunted blood pressure response to exercise”. My doctor was saying she more typically sees BP’s go too high, not that they don’t change. She didn’t think it was bad, she just didn’t know WHAT it could mean.
So, overall, it would seem that CCSVI treatment and/or Diamox have reduced the pressure going into my heart and so where things were starting to enlarge, now they are fine and even the pulmonary pressure is back to normal.
I also wonder if as my veins restenose if the pressure will go back up again? Or, is the Diamox having more of an effect than the CCSVI treatment? Lots of things to wonder about! =)
Anyone else have a before and after CCSVI treatment ECHO done and were there any differences?