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What do these echocardiogram results mean? 

I have a report of my M-MODE Echocardiogram report & have a few questions. I am a 51yr athletic female. Measurements are all within normal range. 2D Image Interpretation: 1)Mitral valve: mildly thicken with mild annular calcification 2) Tricuspid valve: mildly thicken 3)Aortic valve: Mildly calcified leaflets with mild aortic root calcification Doppler interpretation in question: 1) trivial mitral regurgitation 2)trivial tricuspid regurgitation 3)trivial aortic regurgitation My echo 3 years ago didn't say anything about thickening and calcification. Regurgitation, too? What does this mean? Thank you! 

submitted Patty from Houston, Texas on 8/20/2012


Patrick J. Cook, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Patrick J. Cook, MD    

The trivial valvular regurgitations are of no clinical significance. It's not normal to have calcified aortic leaflets and root, but the fact that it's "mild" suggests no treatment, other than management of general cardiovascular risk factors and subsequent follow up, is warranted. 

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Updated August 2012
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