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Hi! would an echocardiogram detect an abnormal heartbeat or arrhythmia? i had one done within the year but still get random flutter and heart racing

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Dr. Dimitri Novitzky answered

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery

ECHO and EKG: The ECHO is performed for cardiac morphology, such as are the valve leaking, do I have a cardiac shunt, and how well is the muscle contracting. The EKG measures the electrical activity of the heart, usually the patient wears a device for 24 hrs. and the recording is analyzed in the lab. Go back to your cardiologist, and request a holter monitoring, after the assessment, therapy can be provided, m

Answered 11/28/2017

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Dr. Cornelius Oleary answered

Specializes in Urgent Care

Cardiac exam: The examination of your heart begins with observation, auscultation of your heart tones and palpation. Arrhythmia or abnormal heartbeat will be detected by your pulse examination, Electrocardiogram (EKG), and then by further investigation with holtor monitor or ZIO patch your cardiologist can detect arrhythmia that is sporadic. Echocardiogram can detect flow, valve, and structural/size problems

Answered 9/26/2016

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