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how reliable is echocardiogram

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Depends: It depends on what you are trying to diagnosis. It is obviously of no use in diagnosing appendicitis. For leakage or a block in a heart valve it is ve ... Read More

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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Mehranpour
22 years experience Cardiology
Textbooks: Feigenbaum's echocardiography and textbook of clinical echocardiography by catherine otto are a couple of the most commonly used references.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Depends: If the indication for the echo is "rule out vsd" - the echo is very unlikely to miss it. A routine echo done for other reasons could miss a very small ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
CT vs Echo: Both techniques are excellent. The Echo is a bit more cardiac specific but ask your Doc or cardiologist for more information pertinent to you.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
VAGUELY ACCURATE: An EEG is a recording of brain electrical activity taken over the scalp, over about 45 minutes. This brief period may completely miss many paroxysmal ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Very: Angiograms are highly accurate. Nothing is 100% but the angiogram is the "gold standard". Life doesn't come with guarantees, but a normal angiogram i ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Pretty good.: Fibroscan for hepatic fibrosis is a good test. For cirrhosis the sensitivity of the test ( ability to detect disease when it is actually present) is a ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
20 years experience Pediatrics
Not at all reliable: Iridology is at worst a cynical health fraud/quackery, at best a practice undertaken by self-deceived people who want to play doctor.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
27 years experience Family Medicine
EKG: Is a useful test. It depends what we order it for. All people with hypertension should have a baseline ekg, we like to compare an old ekg when pt gets ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
32 years experience Cardiology
Depends: The troponin level should be normal and is used in the setting of worsening chest pain to evaluate for a heart attack. if you have other symptoms lik ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Yes: A murmur (detected with a stethoscope) is characteristic and is the usual way one suspects it. An echocardiogram is the gold standard. Mild mitral re ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Morris
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Cardiac testing: Stress Echo is reserved for those unable to complete an exercise stress test. It has a high "specificity" which means very accurate in finding diseas ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Ecg: The ECG is diagnostic for cardiac rhythm, it is indicative of other things. After history and physical exam it is one of the first basic tests we use. ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends what type: Many urines can measure down to25- 30 miu a few even lower but the concemtartion of the urine can effect the accuarcy, but a blood test measures down ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bob Ourian
25 years experience Dermatology
It depends: An ultrasound can measure how well the heart beats by measuring the activity of the heart muscle. So it can accurately measure heart failure. However, ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julia Castillo
19 years experience Pediatrics
Birth control: Birth control can be extremely reliable if used correctly. There are many types available such as oral contraceptive pills, IUD, Depo-Provera provera ... Read More
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Prostate Testing: It is all about the context in which the test is done, the history of the patient and the previous psa tests done with his aging. It is not a stand a ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Roosth
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram in the hands of a skilled cardiologist is probably best for detection of almost all cardiac valve disorders. Sometimes an echo done ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience Emergency Medicine
A good test: But it is only suggestive and cannot tell you whether you have any coronary artery disease. It does give great information about heart size, function ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diana Metzger
29 years experience Cardiology
Stethoscope: Exam by experienced cardiologist is often sufficient to tell if present or not. Once diagnosed, then echocardiogram to assess degree of leak and effe ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Are you sure?: Check your spelling and verify this is what you meant to ask. I googled the term prenatal fifa test and no results show up. I have never heard of this ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Catheterization: Hi Oscar! A heart catheterization will find it every time. It's the gold standard. CT angio likely will but can be fooled if there are calcifications ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Nothing: Nothing is 100% correct. That's why a trained dentist uses the adjunct rather than a technician.

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