A message arrived from my cardiologist at Kaiser about the Echo test that I took on Monday April 18th:
"Good news. The dilated aorta is behaving itself & has not enlarged. The heart muscle is strong & the [replacement aortic] valve is working well."
I pretty much knew before the doctor's message arrived that my heart was working good. Before my 2014 operation which replaced my leaking aortic valve, I would be somewhat out of breath while walking. Now I never get out of breath.
When I go on my daily walks I may breathe harder, but never have to stop to catch my breath as I used to do.