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A 47-year-old member asked:

what is the difference between a 2-d echo and electrocardiogram which one is more reliable?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Totally different: Those are completely different tests. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound test of the heart in which high frequency sound waves are used to visualize the anatomy and motion of the heart. An electrocardiogram (ekg) is used to examine the electrical activity of the heart. Each test gives different information. Together, they can help reach a diagnosis.

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What does myocarditis look similar to on an ekg?

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What does an ECG of right bundle branch block look like?

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RSR' in V1: Rsr' is seen in lead v1 on the electrocardiogram. In the lateral leads, such as 1, avl, and v6 there is "terminal delay." the overall qrs width should be greater than 120 ms.
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How do I interpret echo-cardiogram results?

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You shouldn't: To understand what echocardiographic results mean to an individual patient requires the participation of a physician who understands echocardiography and who also knows the patient.
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What does it mean if the echo showed pfo?

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Patent foramen ovale: A patent foramen ovale (pfo) is a common type of atrial septal defect, which means there is a small hole in the wall separating the right atrium from the left atrium. Small pfos are usually inconsequential, whereas larger ones may require treatment.
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What's the value of annual electrocardiogram (ekg)?

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None for screening: Not much if you have no symptoms and no known heart disease. In other words it is not a cost effective screening tool.

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