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What is an echocardiogram and how is it helpful?

What is an echocardiogram and how is it helpful?

Ultrasound of heart: An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. It gives the cardiologist a lot of information about the function of the heart and its valves, the size of the different chambers and the flow of blood through the different chambers. It can be done from the surface of the chest or from inside the food pipe (esophagus). ...Read more

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How do doctors do an echocardiogram?

Ultrasound of heart: Generally a technologist performs the echo which is an ultrasound of the heart. They follow a methodical procedure to take images of the heart via ultrasound from the chest. The tech also takes measurements. All of these views are put together to create a file of images and the tech puts the measurements together in a report. The doctor review the images, the report and then reports on findings. ...Read more

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What do echocardiogram calipers do?

What do echocardiogram calipers do?

MEASUREMENTS: There are various measurements made of heart structures, such as thickness of the heart muscle, or diameter of the chambers and blood vessels. A caliper is placed on the area of interest to make the measurement. Place one leg of the caliper on the anterior aorta and the other on the posterior. If you do this with the echo machine it will calculate the distance. You can use a hand held caliper as well. ...Read more

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How do doctors do an echocardiogram?

How do doctors do an echocardiogram?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. The test is not uncomfortable and is painless. ...Read more

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Do echocardiograms show heart strength?

Do echocardiograms show heart strength?

Yes : Echo of the heart shows heart strength or ejection fraction and many other functions including valve function. ...Read more

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How do doctors interpret an echocardiogram?

How do doctors interpret an echocardiogram?

See below: We look at the heart muscle, the valves, the other blood vessels. We look at the structures themselves to see if they are normal or not. Valves for instance can be thickened or have calcium in them. The heart muscle can be too thick or may not contract normally. The doppler part involves looking at the direction and speed of flow of the blood. It might tell us that a valve is leaking or blocked. ...Read more

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Can a typical echocardiogram detect angina?

Can a typical echocardiogram detect angina?

Only: If you are actively having the problem at the time of the echo. It shows abnormal movement of the cardiac muscle due to oxygen and blood flow deprivation. ...Read more

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What does echocardiogram with doppler signify?

What does echocardiogram with doppler signify?

Routine test: It's a routine noninvasive test to check the heart function, including the valves. ...Read more

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What are the applications of an echocardiogram?

What are the applications of an echocardiogram?

Cardiac function: The echocardiogram is an ultrasound evaluation of cardiac structure and function. It allows the cardiologist to examine chamber sizes, wall thickness, and contraction of the ventricles. It also shows the heart valves and whether they are narrowed or leak. The pericardium (sack around the heart) and great vessels (aorta, vena cava) are also visualized. Many heart diseases may be detected via this. ...Read more

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How risky is a stress echocardiogram cheers.....

Stress echo: A stress echocardiogram is not risky to undergo. If you were, however, to experience ischemia or low blood flow to the heart, this would be the best place to know-under the supervision of a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Do mild mvp patients need periodic echocardiograms?

Likely: Annually and talk with cardiologist.
Certainly if symptoms. ...Read more

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Does echocardiogram reliably diagnose rv hypotrophy?

Yes: You probably mean hyper trophy which means thickened right ventricle. Either way, echocardiography is reliable. ...Read more

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Can cardiomyopathy be diagnosed with an echocardiogram?

Can cardiomyopathy be diagnosed with an echocardiogram?

Cardiomyopathy: The best answer is partly. A cardiomyopathy is a weakness in the heart muscle causing the heart not to pump normally. This can be seen on an echo, however, you can't tell whether the weakness in the heart muscle is due to damage from heart disease or a weakness in the muscle. The other way to diagnose a cardiomyopathy is by a cardiac catheterization. ...Read more

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What is difference between echocardiogram and echogram?

Probably nothing: Most likely they refer to the same thing which is an ultrasound of the heart. Technically however, an echogram could examine any part of the body with ultrasound. ...Read more

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How come I need an echocardiogram, after having an angiogram?

The: Angiogram does a great job of telling us the degree of occlusion within the heart blood vessels. The echo however gives us information about the muscle and valve function. These two things together are needed for the best care. ...Read more

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What can an echocardiogram detect in a healthy-looking teenager?

What can an echocardiogram detect in a healthy-looking teenager?

Different things: It can detect any congenital (inborn) abnormalities of the heart muscle, valves or blood vessels. It's a mon invasive routine test that a physician would order if the physical exam reveals a murmur or the ECG looks suspicious or the teenager had symptoms. ...Read more

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Is incomplete RBBB on echocardiogram, does it mean it's blocked?

No: Incomplete RBBB can be a normal variant in 15% of the adult population and as such is a benign finding on ECG, not echocardiogram. It basically means that the message from atria to ventricle traverses just a few msec slower down the right branch of the atrio-ventricular conduction system, than the left fork. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a echocardiogram test detect cardiomyopathy?

Might it be possible that a echocardiogram test detect cardiomyopathy?

Yes: An echocardiogram is the primary test that is used to establish a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy and to monitor the heart function over time. ...Read more

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Does the timing of a mumur matter if the echocardiogram comes back normal?

No not really: As echocardiogram should reveal any pathological valve disease... For the record, diastolic murmurs are never normal. ...Read more

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Preparing to start chemotherapy..... Why do I need an echocardiogram first?

Preparing to start chemotherapy..... Why do I need an echocardiogram first?

Echo & chemo: Frequently prior to starting chemo patients have an echo to asses their lv function. This is done prior to starting the chemo and at the conclusion of treatment. Some types of chemo have a toxic effect on the heart and can cause a weakening of the heart muscle, and the echo is done to evaluate your heart to make sure it is normal. ...Read more

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Had echocardiogram done and have a 40 percent blockage how dangerous is that?

Echocardiogram: A standard transthoracic echocardiogram is unable to yield data to allow a diagnosis of "40%" blockage Please supply more information regarding indications and the nature of echocardiogram performed ...Read more

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What can an Echocardiogram show and is there anything significant it may miss?

Echo: The echo is very good at imaging structure and function. No test is devoid of error and besides error echo can't image electrical and some other problems outside the resolution of the technology. ...Read more

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Why is it loud and squeaky during an echocardiogram? What does the sound represent?

Why is it loud and squeaky during an echocardiogram? What does the sound represent?

Doppler: That is the doppler part of the echocardiogram. The sound represents the flow of blood. You could get an idea of what the pictures look like by listening to that sound. How loud the sound is and whether it occurs during systole or diastole would give you a clue for istance, but most people interpreting the study just look at the images and don't pay much attention to those sounds. ...Read more

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What are the interventions to be used before and after an echocardiogram on an infant?

What are the interventions to be used before and after an echocardiogram on an infant?

None: It's just a routine test. Before it is done, someone must have examined the patient and found some reason to do the test, like a heart murmur. After it is completed it would be interpreted and the results could lead to some form of treatment such as medication or surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is an echocardiogram and should you have one if you have ischemia?

Can you tell me what is an echocardiogram and should you have one if you have ischemia?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a normal echocardiogram as opposed to stress echocardiogram?

Echo: An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your heart to evaluate structure and function. A normal transthoracic echo is done with you lying on your back. A stress echo is conducted with you "under stress" — at our institution it is done while patient is cycling. ...Read more

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