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i have a question about echo-cardiogram--who needs it?

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Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Echo: An echocardiogram is a study which helps a physician see the structure of the heart and its function. It is done by applying gel on your chest and then placing a wand on the chest (just like when a woman gets an ultrasound when pregnant). It is usally performed in people in whom the physician suspects congenital heart defects, chf, or other heart abnormalities.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

How do I interpret echo-cardiogram results?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
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.
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.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it important to see a cardiologist for echo if have an abnormal ecg?

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Dr. Yu Sun
Dr. Yu Sunanswered
Cardiology 15 years experience
Yes: It is important to see a cardiologist for echo if have an abnormal ECG in the most situation to evaluate the heart function and construction problems.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Normal echo with abnormal ecg. What does this indicate?

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Dr. Joseph Shen
Cardiac Electrophysiology 31 years experience
It depends...: We need to know what exactly was wrong with your latest ECG before telling you what possibly the problems are with you heart. Good luck !
A 46-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have flattened t waves on EKG with normal echo?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Ecg: Flattened t waves are a nonspecific finding. It the echo is normal wouldn't worry about the ECG tho could check electrolytes if curious.

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