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What do my echo results showing hypokinesis mean?

"Echo shows normal aortic valvular function. MILD HYPOKINESIS OF ANTEROSEPTAL WALL OF LEFT VENTRICLE which would be compatible with previous ischemic event in this area. Global ejection fraction is well maintained and diastolic dynamics also well maintained."
I'm a 67 yo w female (RN-OR) on Benicar and Pravastatin. What does this mean? No previous [diagnosis of] heart disease? 

submitted by Michele from Ft. Myers, Florida on 10/22/2012


Roberto Lufschanowski, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Roberto Lufschanowski, MD  

Dear Michele: Hypokinesis means decreased contraction. In your case, this is the front wall (anteroseptal) of your heart. Time to ask whoever ordered the test to correlate it with your clinical condition. Otherwise we are guessing.  

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Updated October 2012
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