What does my uncle's echocardiogram report indicate?
Q: My uncle is 63 years old and weighs 109 kg. His echocardiogram result shows conclusion of concentric left ventricular hypertrophy with normal contractility and systolic function with Doppler evidence of impaired left ventricular relaxation; dilated left atrium and normal pulmonary pressure. What do the reports indicate? What is the best management for this?
A:The echocardiogram shows that the heart muscle is thickened because it has to pump against the increased blood pressure and the extra weight that your uncle has. Controlling blood pressure adequately throughout the day / night and reducing weight will cause the increased thickness (hypertrophy) to regress in around six month's time.