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Old 02-25-2013, 03:38 PM   #1
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Echocardiogram results help please!

DH53 had pneumonia and spent two nights in the hospital over New Years. He thought he was getting sick again in late January and went for a follow-up at our local clinic. That doctor noticed on the chest x-ray that his heart is enlarged and referred him to get an echocardiogram.

He had the echo today and this afternoon had a regular physical appt with his new primary care doctor. This doctor told him the echo shows he has the heart of a 65 year old, but not to worry about it. What-the-heck?! It sounds like something to worry about.

Anyone else or their spouse have this diagnosis...can anything be done? Is there any treatment? I am going to make an appt for him to see a cardiologist.

Thanks for your help.

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Old 02-25-2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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DH53 had pneumonia and spent two nights in the hospital over New Years. He thought he was getting sick again in late January and went for a follow-up at our local clinic. That doctor noticed on the chest x-ray that his heart is enlarged and referred him to get an echocardiogram.

He had the echo today and this afternoon had a regular physical appt with his new primary care doctor. This doctor told him the echo shows he has the heart of a 65 year old, but not to worry about it. What-the-heck?! It sounds like something to worry about.

Anyone else or their spouse have this diagnosis...can anything be done? Is there any treatment? I am going to make an appt for him to see a cardiologist.

Thanks for your help.
That's a great idea. The cardiologist may want to repeat the echo and do some other testing. Basically when a heart is enlarged, it's working harder than it should, and gets bigger to compensate. But it can get to a point of being too big, and then doesn't pump like it should. Check this out soon so that your DH can get on the right medications and such. Good luck.
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DH53 had pneumonia and spent two nights in the hospital over New Years. He thought he was getting sick again in late January and went for a follow-up at our local clinic. That doctor noticed on the chest x-ray that his heart is enlarged and referred him to get an echocardiogram.

He had the echo today and this afternoon had a regular physical appt with his new primary care doctor. This doctor told him the echo shows he has the heart of a 65 year old, but not to worry about it. What-the-heck?! It sounds like something to worry about.

Anyone else or their spouse have this diagnosis...can anything be done? Is there any treatment? I am going to make an appt for him to see a cardiologist.

Thanks for your help.
Too many variables here that it is hard to give you advice. I would start with a cardiologist for sure. And not all of them are created equal either do a little homework there.

In addition, I would get a new primary doctor asap. I think you struck out with this new PCP. I would not be happy with a doctor that says "an enlarged heart is nothing to worry about". Jerk.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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Telling him he has the "heart of a 65 year old" is not a diagnosis. He needs to see a cardiologist.
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Sorry if I'm insulting DH's PCP, but what a jerky thing to say.

Questions to ask:

What part of his heart is enlarged?

What is his Ejection Fraction?

Find a good cardiologist who will take the time to explain things to both of you.

I am very surprised that a PCP would order an Echo with no cardiology consult. Kind of pointless really. Needs to be interpreted by a Cardiologist in order to be worth anything.

Good luck.
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I completely agree about having a cardiologist read the results. Good move.

My son has an echocardiogram every year for a valve defect and they measure the rate and pressure of blood flow and look at the oxygen levels of his blood and lots of other things. You will get your questions answered by the specialist.
Good luck, I know you must be anxious.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:46 PM   #7
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Thank you all for your kind words and support. I really appreciate it!

We have an appt with a cardiologist next month. The general consensus here and 'in real life' is that that doctor was a jerk and was out of line for saying that. I feel like we just need to set his comment aside and wait to see what the cardiologist says. DH is still pretty shaken up, but said he feels a little better too now.

Thanks again!
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