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does a cardiac cath rule out blocked arteries

A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rajiva Goyal
33 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Possibly: The likelihood of a young woman having blocked arteries is very small. You must be having cardiac symptoms so normal MRI may help at putting your min ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
It can, but: probably not as sensitive as angiogram. Every test has limitations.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Gutman
42 years experience Internal Medicine
YES!!: A cardiac MRA was designed to show if there are "blocked" arteries... And it is never a replacement for an Angiogram
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Not so well: The test you want is a CTA (CT angiogram), not an MRA. The reason is-MR acquisition is slow and the heart is a moving structure. 64 slice CT is very f ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
35 years experience Anesthesiology
Yes: The 2d echocardiogram will give you an excellent assessment of the structural and functional status of the heart. Evaluate valvular function, ventricu ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
No: Many times in medicine a single test cannot be counted on to rule out disease completely. Even though stress testing is a very good test to evaluate ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Haft
46 years experience Internal Medicine
Typically an estimat: Echocardiography typically estimates pulmonary artery pressure indirectly. PA pressure is measured directly with heart catheterization. Echo is a go ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Nuclear stress test: The nuclear stress test is better because (1) it is a functional test - your heart is actually "stressed" to beat harder, & (2) you can do it at a ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Pretty much: A few very uncommon entities would be exceptions. If your exercise tolerance is as good as a non-athletic peer, you do not have CHF. Please forgive me ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Cardiac MRA/MRI: Yes it will show the blood vessels and show the blockage but if seen on mra the blckage, you will still need angiography for angioplasty or stent plac ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mehdi Qamar
31 years experience Cardiology
Good tool: Treadmill stress test is a good test to evaluate for risk stratification for coronary artery disease. It is most helpful in intermediate risk category ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Chapman
40 years experience Cardiology
No: Coronary arteries are not typically seen on an echocardiogram. When they are, only the very beginning of the artery where it arises from the aorta ma ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Errol Ozdalga
12 years experience Hospital-based practice
CTA for risk: It will look for narrowing of arteries that suggest there is plaque. It will not show a heart attack but will help with identifying risk. Other tests ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Echo: Transthoracic echo doesn't rule out congenital coronary anomaly.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Not really: EKG can indicate LVH but is not the diagnostic test of choice for determining LVH. Usually an ECHO is done for that purpose.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Greenfield
36 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Probably: If you are healthy 36 y/o woman with no symptoms and no risk factors, then probably normal exercise stress test is all you need. If you have risk fact ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
MRI vs Echo: Both studies adequately image for structural heart disease. Having said that, there are differences and echo is usually done before one goes to an MRI ... Read More
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
CATH: If there is a good reason for the angiogram to be done in the face of diverticulitis, it should be a reasonable risk.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Garner
15 years experience Cardiology
No, but...: Sadly, no. An echo can only see the world as it is at that exact moment in time. Dissection can always occur later. That said, thoracic dissections ar ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
47 years experience Cardiology
Yes: However: it is NOT a screening tool and should NOT be done in young, asymptomatic, healthy individual. Ask your statistician friends who will tell you ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
41 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Yes: If a patient presents with chest pains and symptoms consistent with pulmonary embolus as an etiology a D-Dimer is often performed. If the D-Dimer is e ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Not necessarily: If you suspect myocarditis this is a diagnosis which should be investigated by experienced clinicians. It is conceivable that you have heart muscle i ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Payam Mehranpour
22 years experience Cardiology
Yes and no: Cannot rule out plaque build up. Echo is the diagnostic tool to rule evaluate mitral valve prolapse. During a stress echo the mitral valve is may not ... Read More

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