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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Echo (Overview)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen.


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What is an echo test?

Sounds waves: Sounds waves are bounced over the organ being studied to get the outline on the viewing screen. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
2 Doctors shared insights

Echo (Overview)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen.


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How does an echo function?

How does an echo function?

Bounces sound waves: An echocardiogram is simply an ultrasound. Like any other ultrasound, including those used by fishing boats, the fundamental principle is to send high-frequency sound waves into the target (heart) and measure the time it takes to return to the transducer (echo). The resulting picture is a measure of the distance traveled and the physical properties of the material it passed through. ...Read more

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How do I prepare for an echo test?

Nothing to worry: Echo is ultrasound of the heart. Can be done anytime and no need for any preparation. ...Read more

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Echo cardiograph report! 10 points!?

Echo cardiograph report! 10 points!?

Echocardiography: What is the question? Echo is noninvasive ultrasound study of the heart. It tells us about the heart valves, chamber sizes, any clots, vegetations, tumors, septal thickening, wall motion, function of the ventricles (heart failure). Also special studies can detect septal defects. ...Read more

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My ef ftp echo is 62%. Is that normal?

My ef ftp echo is 62%. Is that normal?

Normal: An ejection fraction between 50 to 75% is normal. That's the fraction of blood pumped out of your left ventricle with every beat. If you pumped 100% of the blood out of the chamber with each beat, it would take too much pressure and time to refill! ...Read more

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If I am marfanoid, should I get an echo?

If I am marfanoid, should I get an echo?

Yes: People with Marfan syndrome are at risk for serious valvular and vascular abnormalities. If you are simply "marfanoid" you need to be evaluated to determine if you may have Marfan syndrome. ...Read more

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What does and/or will an echo gram detect?

What does and/or will an echo gram detect?

Good question: Electrocardiograph shows by the use of ultrasound (like what a bat uses to see ahead) to examine & measure structure and functioning of organs like the heart & to diagnose abnormalities & diseases. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to fast before an echo test?

No.: You are not mentioning which organ is getting an "echo" test. But in any case, fasting is not required. If it is a cardiac echo, no special prep needed. If it is a uterine echo, no fasting but drinking a lot of water beforehand is recommended. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: echo?

What is the definition or description of: echo?

Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen. ...Read more

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What we do for 2d echo for my wife age 49year old?

What we do for 2d echo for my wife age 49year old?

Echocardiogram: Both radiologists and cardiologists can perform echocardiograms, at least here in the states. I don't know about the philippines. Ask your family doc for appropriate referral to someone s/he trusts. ...Read more

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What does mv insufficiency mean for a diagnosis to do a echo?

Leaky valve: When your heart pumps blood, the mitral valve closes, and blood is pumped out an open aortic valve. If you mitral valve shows 'insufficiency', there is some degree of leak allowing blood to be pumped back up to the. And function. Talk to your doc about your particular diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is LVPW thickening 24.3% normal. How is this interpreted on an echo?

Is LVPW thickening 24.3% normal. How is this interpreted on an echo?

Complex Question.: We need to see the echocardiogram report & go over any symptoms that you might be experiencing in order to interpret the echocardiogram IN CONTEXT. (An isolated number rarely means anything). The LV Posterior Wall (LVPW) % thickening is an "M-mode" measurement that compares LVPW thickness in systole vs diastole. 24% to 80% thinning is considered to be within reference. Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD. ...Read more

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Echo results normal on vscan. So would someone do better with fullblown echo?

Normal is normal: You can't do better then normal. Echo is a simple anatomical test. As long as the quality was good and the interpreting doctor knew what there are doing, u should be ok. If clinical suspicion for disease is high, then u should get a complete echo in a certified echo facility. ...Read more

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I am a 54 year old female that just had an echo and was told that the results were barely normal. What does that mean?

I am a 54 year old female that just had an echo and was told that the results were barely normal. What does that mean?

Well that is a great: Get a copy of the report and the we can see. Such an answer makes no sense. Tell your doctor you want your report ...Read more

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My EF went from 55 to 68-70 in echoes three weeks apart. Why such variation? Could it not go down in the same quick time?

My EF went from 55 to 68-70 in echoes three weeks apart. Why such variation? Could it not go down in the same quick time?

Normal: Usually Echo evaluation of Ejection Fraction (EF) is moderately subjective based on where the technician or physician marks the chamber sizes and how exact they are in identifying systole and diastole. There is at least a 5% variability which is to be expected and it can be much more variable than that (10-15%) based on the interpreters experience. Both of yours are normal. No worries! ...Read more

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On the echo, it says m mode EF 55-60%, but then says EF Teich 52.8% on another page. EPSS 5mm...normal? Which EF is most accurate?

Essentially the same: There is always a little variability from one mode of testing to another. Each stroke of your heart is not exactly the same. These are both fine. The EPSS is too. ...Read more

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When Drs give test results, why would one refer to test results as satisfactory if normal? Why not good or excellent? (E.g In Echo results)

Test results: Test results are either normal or not not normal. There is no gradation of results as being super-normal. One does not get better than normal. ...Read more

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Echo report had 3 EF readings- mod sp4, sp2, and BP. All different. Which is most accurate? And what Is normal? Was told my 56/60 was low-normal

EF: A left ventricular EF of 56-60 would be considered within normal limits. Your cardiologist is best qualified to advise you, however. ...Read more

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Can you have a normal echo 1 month and two months later have an abnormal one with the only difference bieng a mild rv enlargement? Why would this be?

Can you have a normal echo 1 month and two months later have an abnormal one with the only difference bieng a mild rv enlargement? Why would this be?

2nd answer: It is possible for echos to change. For instance, one may develop a right ventricular cardiomyopathy during the interval. All diseases have a date of onset. More likely however, the first echo missed it. RV size is hard to judge on a routine echo unless it's marked or the reader is alerted to look for it by other clinical data. The 1st echo should be re-evaluated with this new data. ...Read more

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BPM is always in 50s and 60s, I'm not a athlete don't really exercise and have had echos ultra, tons of EKGsall OK, I get scared cus it seems so slow!

BPM is always in 50s and 60s, I'm not a athlete don't really exercise and have had echos ultra, tons of EKGsall OK, I get scared cus it seems so slow!

You should be fine: Even if you are not an athlete having a slower heart beat in light of negative testing isn't a bad thing if it's not causing symptoms such as weakness or lightheadedness. Stay well :) ...Read more

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Can you have a normal echo 1 month. And two months. Later a little abnormal? First one everything was normal, second. One showed mild rv enlargement? Why the change? Maybe different perspective?????

Reader perspective: Yes that is normal. Some readers over estimate, some under. It also depends on the echo tech. Do what I would say is follow your symptoms as far as this is concerned. A change in two months is unlikely unless your symptoms have changed. ...Read more

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Is a resting cardio echo accurate?

Is a resting cardio echo accurate?

Typically: Loaded question and depends on what finding you are referring to. There are other tests that may be more accurate but not always indicated. Such as a cardiac MR. Depending on what you are looking for an echocardiogram is usually a good first test and depending on the results you may not need to perform further testing ...Read more

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What are internal echos in a cyst?

What are internal echos in a cyst?

Internal echoes: It means that the fluid is not homogenous. When the ultrasound beam passes thru fluid (or anything), a part of it bounces back or 'echoes' if it encounters something else. It is works exactly like sonar works over a body of water. So internal echoes in cyst fluid could be due to debris or blood mixed in with the fluid, or other things. ...Read more

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What is multiple echoes in the cyst?

What is multiple echoes in the cyst?

Criss-crossed: All true cysts are abnormal, epithelially-lined, closed, fluid-filled structures. Some are tumors, some are developmental problems, some have other causes. If there are multiple echoes, the cyst is crisscrossed by sometime, perhaps sheets that may make it harder to aspirate the contents all at once; it may be a group of many little cysts. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the echo showed pfo?

What does it mean if the echo showed pfo?

Patent foramen ovale: This is a congenital opening between the right and left atria of the heart. It normally closes at birth, but stay open in some patients and may need to be closed with a device by a cardiologist or closed surgically by a cardiac surgeon. ...Read more