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can ekg show enlarged heart

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
ECG : Ecg shows electrical activity, it doesn't image heart size. Some ECG recordings can suggest enlarged heart, but the sensitivity and specificity is low ... Read More

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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Ecg: Ecg shows electrical activity, it can suggest heart enlargement but isn't an anatomic study.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
32 years experience Cardiology
Yes it could: There are several changes on ECG that might indicate right sided chamber enlargement or strain. This may be acutely or chronically. What you may be ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Abnormal ecg: ECG can have a whole spectrum of abnormalities. Enlarged heart can be no big deal or a very big deal. The question you ask needs to be asked of your d ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
A cardiac echo: Or u/s is a dynamic study of heart function: wall motion, chamber filling and emptying, and valve motions. It can show damaged wall. It does nothing t ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Holter: Holter only shows heart rhythms.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Echo: Many test choices. Echo shows structure and function. Angio shows blood vessels. Nuclear shows perfusion. They all show additional things too and ther ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Moneil Patel
16 years experience General Practice
No: An ECG monitors the electrical impulses/conduction of the heart. It does not monitor or diagnose chest inflammation. There are many organs/tissues w ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
44 years experience Pediatrics
Yes and No: EKG can show some changes in Q and S waves and ST. Elevation may suggest old myocardial infarction. Hotter monitor is a device that registers heart r ... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
ECG: The ecg records electrical activity and can have 'false positives' for anatomic findings like hypertrophy which is increased thickness of heart muscle ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bart Denys
38 years experience Cardiology
CAD: Neither.... Treadmill ecg, nuclear test, coronary cta, coronary angiogram...
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Wilson
16 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: Palpitations are sometimes a subjective feeling of an irregular heart beat but are often an objective finding of a heart beat that is irregular (not i ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Levine
22 years experience Radiology
Yes: An xray can show and enlarged heart, enlarged vessels in the chest and increased fluid which are signs of heart failure.
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A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Harris
32 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: The art of reading ekgs is age-old. Now in the computerization age, we may "see" even more. There are very specific patterns on ekg which will show if ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
42 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not necessarily: An ekg may be entirely normal in early heart failure. Pulmonary function tests are necessary to identify COPD and rate it's severity. While a stethosc ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
See answer: Essentially, if you have clogged coronary arteries, and you get chest pains, the ECG or holter that is monitoring your heart rhythm may show changes i ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Assad
13 years experience Cardiology
It can: Low voltage in an EKG suggest cardiomyopathy. Which goes by the hand with Heart Failure. - In addition Electrical Alternans in the EKG is also suggest ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Saurborn
22 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Routine chest CT: can show SOME information about the heart, such as the size of the chambers, anatomy of aorta, and calcifications which lead to heart attack. However ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Mehranpour
22 years experience Cardiology
Not really: Ecg can detect rhythm abnormalities and certain changes in the heart that may be associated with heart failure, however cannot diagnose heart failure.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Q waves: Some heart attacks do not show and even ones that do, may only be temporary. That said, q waves, if of sufficient voltage and if they follow known pat ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Echo: Echo can image cardiac tumor.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Valika
19 years experience Cardiology
Non-specific: Ecg can be non-specific. A blood test called a bnp level can help differentiate heart failure versus other conditions that may cause shortness of bre ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Neish
37 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Yes: Typically, there in patients with myocarditis, there are abnormalities on both ECG and echocardiogram. In fact, if both the ECG and the echocardiogra ... Read More
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