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Does cardiac mri show function of the heart? Like if my cardiac mri comes back normal does that mean the heart is functioning ok?

Does cardiac mri show function of the heart? Like if my cardiac mri comes back normal does that mean the heart is functioning ok?

Heart function: Cardiac MRI does not directly measure heart function, but it is very good at showing anatomic abnormalities. If MRI is normal, usually the heart is functioning normally. Fr true measure of heart function, ultrasound (cardiac echo) usually is used. ...Read more

Functional Mri (Definition)

Typical MRI reveals the anatomy of the body but gives very little information regarding the function of the body parts imaged. Functional MRI is a way of doing an MRI of the brain while the patient performs a specific task. As the patient does this task the MRI is able to make images showing which parts or the brain are activated during the ...Read more


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What's the effect of the sympathetic stimulation on the cardiac function?

What's the effect of the sympathetic stimulation on the cardiac function?

Adrenalin: Sympathetic stimulation causes the heart to beat faster and harder. BP rises as total vascular resistance increases. Cardiac output increases as heart rate and stroke volume increase. Myocardial oxygen consumption increases. ...Read more

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Why would a patient in renal failure get decreased cardiac function?

Why would a patient in renal failure get decreased cardiac function?

Other way around: Usually it is the decreased cardiac function that leads to kidney failure due to lack of blood flow. However, the two illnesses in general share many contributing factors like high blood pressure and diabetes. ...Read more

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What are manifestations of Ebola virus? Can it cause changes in cardiac function?

What are manifestations of Ebola virus? Can it cause changes in cardiac function?

Ebola/Marburg virus: High fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pains are the first symptoms. Dirrhea (bloody), nausea/vomiting, raised rash and bleeding from mucus membranes occurs. This family of viruses doesn't cause cardiac disease per say, but left long enough hemodynamic changes occur and chest pain and cardiac failure can occur. ...Read more

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Had a cardiac mri. Finding: mild lv cavity dilation, normal lv systolic function; lvef 62%.Trivial pericardial & pleural effusion?

Had a cardiac mri. Finding: mild lv cavity dilation, normal lv systolic function; lvef 62%.Trivial pericardial & pleural effusion?

Sounds pretty normal: Ef is normal, tiny effusions are nothing to worry about. Was valvular function normal - ie no stenosis or regurgitation? Also, how much dilation? Was a volume given? Would followup with a cardiologist and make sure you optimize your therapy for high blood pressure among other conditions. The lv dilation and pericardial effusions could be followed with echocardiography. ...Read more

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Mild CAD. no MI , My LVEF measurements since 2011 are 60, 58, 55, 50, 49. Cardiologist called it mildly reduced. Whats most accurate way heart Cath, 2d echo, 3d Echo, cardiac mri, Muga scan? Is Reduced cardiac funct. means Cardiomyopathy ? THANK YOU.

Mild CAD. no MI , My LVEF measurements since 2011 are 60, 58, 55, 50, 49. Cardiologist called it mildly reduced. Whats most accurate way heart Cath, 2d echo, 3d Echo, cardiac mri, Muga scan? Is Reduced cardiac funct. means Cardiomyopathy ? THANK YOU.

EF: You appear to have had a lot of testing but provide limited history. The numbers alone don't tell much as their test associations and other factors make them not necessarily very different. You should see a cardiologist and get your questions answered from a Doc with specific information about you. ...Read more

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Can diastolic dysfunction be seen on a cardiac MRI ?

Can diastolic dysfunction be seen on a cardiac MRI ?

Diastolic dysfunctio: Mri would not be a first choice test for diagnosing diastolic dysfunction. You can not really measure diastolic parameters well with it. ...Read more

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My echo said I have a mildy thickened pericardium, what does that mean? also sm pericardiul effusion RV free wall, but shows mod-lg on cardiac MRI.

My echo said I have a mildy thickened pericardium, what does that mean? also sm pericardiul effusion RV free wall,  but shows mod-lg on cardiac MRI.

Pericardial disease: Pericardial thickening & effusion (excess fluid in the sac around the heart) can be caused by a number of conditions including viral or idiopathic pericarditis (inflammation caused by a virus or by other unknown causes), or auto-immune illnesses such as systemic lupus. It would be important to get more details (including why was the MRI done?) Consider an inbox consult here on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Could you tell me when would you get a cardiac mri?

Huge: Number of indications including assessing myocardial viability before possible revascularization surgery, congenital/acquired cardiomyopathy, valve disease, heart failure, patients in who cardiac ultrasound is limited, etc. ...Read more

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Which is a cardiac MRI like at a children's hospital?

Which is a cardiac MRI like at a children's hospital?

Cardiac MRI: Your question is not clear. Please reframe it. Cardiac MRI is similar to MRI focuses on cardiac anatomy. It has special protocol and it takes more time to complete imaging. ...Read more

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Had a cardiac mri. Would this of shown dilate cardiomypathy?

Had a cardiac mri.  Would this of shown dilate cardiomypathy?

Yes: Cardiac MRI is a non-invasive (non-needle based) way to assess heart size and function. It is the best in quantifying and characterizing heart tissue and functioning. If your heart is dilated (too big) it will probably diagnosis. It will also help determine the cause of the abnormality. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what a cardiac MRI at a children's hospital is like?

Can you tell me what a cardiac MRI at a children's hospital is like?

Takes a while : Cardiac MRI always requires an IV for gadolinium contrast. Mri for small children will also usually require anesthesia. The patient goes in the scanner and multiple "runs" are made to show different aspects of the cardiac anatomy and physiology. It often takes over an hour to get all the images. It can be a very helpful tool in some patients. ...Read more

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I had a cardiac MRI bSSFP (GE electric) technique but my values of the ventricles are borderline high could this be due to the technique? so not SSFP

I had a cardiac MRI bSSFP (GE electric) technique but my values of the ventricles are borderline high could this be due to the technique? so not SSFP

Ask your doctor: you are 23 years old and probably healthy so be suspicious of borderline findings. The MRI is a screening test and has to be interpreted in the light of other tests and your exercise tolerance and the initial indication for doing these very expensive tests. You need to address this to your doctor who has the whole picture. ...Read more

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I had a cardiac MRI - it came back perfect. Would i benefit from a calcium scoring? I do have risk factors, but not sure if it tells the same things.

I had a cardiac MRI - it came back perfect. Would i benefit from a calcium scoring? I do have risk factors, but not sure if it tells the same things.

Predicts your risk: Doing calcium scoring may help in calculating your future risk of cardiovascular disease. Why was cardiac MRI done? Some patients with family history of coronary artery disease may get calcium scoring done to predict there future risk . If you are at low risk based of co-morbidities and risk factors you don't need one. ...Read more

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Is a cardiac MRI the same as a chest one?

Is a cardiac MRI the same as a chest one?

No.: A cardiac MRI is a detailed study of the heart. It requires special expertise to perform and interpret, and is usually only done well at select hospitals. A chest MRI is a general study of everything in the chest - lungs, aorta, etc. It may get some general information about the heart but not much. This type of scan is not so specialized and can usually be done at most hospitals. ...Read more

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Dr. Pam Yoder
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Mri (Definition)

Magnetic resonance imaging named for the effects of the strong magnetic field upon the atomic and molecular phase or spin and the image created when that magnetic field is altered and the excited particle changes gibing off a signal that is recorded and interpreted by a complex computer algorithm, ...Read more


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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more