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Is impaired LV relaxation (noted on echocardiogram) quite serious? 

 I am a 61 y/o female who had a work up in hospital for chest pain, SOB, back pain and high BP one year ago. The diagnosis was asthma and anxiety. However, I just read the echo results and they showed Abnormal LV diastolic filling consistent with impaired LV relaxation. Also Aortic and mitral valve leaflets appear sclerotic but no stenosis. I was not told of this - but found out when I requested a copy of the report.  Is this quite serious? From the PubMeds I've done - it looks like it is. The other tests to rule out heart attack and PE were "normal" - stress, EKG, etc. I have had left leg pain for several months and am getting a doppler and another echo this week. 

submitted by Carmella from League City, Texas 7/10/2013

Answer:

Raymond F. Stainback, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Raymond F. Stainback, MD    

It is very common to observe impaired relaxation and mild valve sclerosis in people older than 60 years. That is not to say these findings are completely "normal", but can be associated with typical aging and usually they are not associated with symptoms. 

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Updated July 2013
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