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A 45-year-old member asked:

is an ekg and echocardiogram the same?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
No: Ekg looks at the electrical activity of the heart. Echocardiogram is an ultrasound, shows a moving picture of the heart.
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 32 years experience
Different: Ekg (electrocardiogram) refers to a graph of the electrical activity of the heart. Echocardiogram refers to ultrasound test which allows to actually see the structure and function of the heart.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
ECHO: Echocardiogram uses sound waves to image the heart. Ecg records the electrical signals from the heart they are different data sets.
Dr. Adam Lowry
Specializes in Pediatrics
Very different...: An ekg (or "ecg") is a visual representation of the electrical activity of the heart, on paper. An echocardiogram is a set of images or videos the represent the structure and function of the heart based on sound waves. They are very different and often used to complement each other in the evaluation of possible cardiac problems.
Dr. Frank Amico Jr
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
No: An EKG is not an echocardiogram. An echo uses ultrasound to see the heart.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have had an echocardiogram and an EKG done would they have been able to tell if I need a pacemaker through that?

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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Usually: If the EKG shows a severely slowed heart rate and certain types of other electrical abnormalities, it would suggest the possible need for a pacemaker. Other cause of the these abnormalities need to be excluded, though. Echocardiogram is less helpful in answering this question.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

Is echocardiogram and EKG more accurate than BNP and NT-proBNP blood tests to check for cardiovascular health?

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Dr. Miguel Salazar
Cardiac Electrophysiology 17 years experience
Yes: In people your age, a normal ECG and normal echocardiogram correlate to good cardiovascular health. A BNP is a biomarker used in patients with heart failure or likely heart failure.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

I have heart palpitations especially moving from cold to hot environemnt, eating exericese etc. My echocardiogram and EKG are ok. What should i do?

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Dr. Ira Friedlander
Cardiac Electrophysiology 42 years experience
Monitor: Ask your health care provider to provide you with a monitor so that you can define the nature of your arrhythmia and correlate your symptoms with your heart function. Diagnosis comes first then treatment.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

I had an abnormal ekg and I'm going to get a echocardiogram soon how often are ekgs wrong? I'm worried and can anxiety mess up an ekg?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
EKGs are...just OK.: Truth be told, the EKG isn't the most informative test in the world. It's good as a screening test, but regardless of the results of such, if we think someone is truly at heart risk, we test further (stress test for example). And even if the EKG suggests an abnormality, we often need to confirm with more testing (2D Echo, for example). So it's not the most accurate test out there.
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A 31-year-old male asked:

Would an echocardiogram show if you have an arrhythmia similar to an EKG?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Doubt it: Some centers may use equipment that runs a simultaneous rhythm strip which would pick up an arrhythmia. However. the echo itself is designed to look a structural detail, like sonar & would not. The technician doing the study would likely be aware of some arrhythmias. There is often a video record of the procedure so anyone seeing it might suspect one.

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