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Chest pains! Xray, CT scan, bloodwork, holter monitor, echocardiogram, echo stress test and EKG normal?! what can it be? Pain don't get worse when pressed

Chest pains! Xray, CT scan, bloodwork, holter monitor, echocardiogram, echo stress test and EKG normal?! what can it be? Pain don't get worse when pressed

Esophageal spsm/GERD: All the tests you have had it rules out heart or lung pathology. It can be due to esophageal spasm, gastroesophageal reflux with or without esophagitis or due to costochondritis.Get a gastro enterolist consult and endoscopy to rule out GI causes or a trial of ppis like Omeprazole etc. Costochondritis may respond to non steroidal meds like Naproxen sodium. ...Read more

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Electrocardiogram (Definition)

Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the heart with each heart beat. The electrodes are placed in different positions, and each position "sees" the electrical activity of the heart from its own vantage point. Abnormalities in signal detected at chest surface ...Read more


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What is the difference between electrocardiogram and echocardiogram?

What is the difference between electrocardiogram and echocardiogram?

See below: Ekg: shows the electrical activity of the heart and the heart rhythm

echocardiogram: an ultrasound, shows the actual structures such as the heart muscle and the valves and with a doppler the direction and velocity of blood flow. ...Read more

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What is the difference between 2d echocardiography and ekg?

What is the difference between 2d echocardiography and ekg?

Echo: Ecg records the electrical activity of the heart. Echocardiography uses sound waves to produce 2 dimensional images of the heart. ...Read more

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Persistent chest discomfort (6 months) and heavy left arm. 2 ECG and 1 Echocardiogram all returned normal. Active. Heartburn relief no difference?

Persistent chest discomfort (6 months) and heavy left arm. 2 ECG and 1 Echocardiogram all returned normal. Active. Heartburn relief no difference?

Keep investigating: At your age, if you don't have a strong family history of early-onset coronary artery disease, & you don't smoke, have high cholesterol, hypertension or diabetes, your risk of heart attack in 10 years is less than 1%. You might consider pulmonary embolism, but your risk there seems low too. Keep your physician appointments & report any changes. Can help sort this out over time. Hope that helps ...Read more

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Is an EKG an echocardiogram?

Very different...: An ekg (or "ecg") is a visual representation of the electrical activity of the heart, on paper. An echocardiogram is a set of images or videos the represent the structure and function of the heart based on sound waves. They are very different and often used to complement each other in the evaluation of possible cardiac problems. ...Read more

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Is an ECG same as an echocardiogram?

Is an ECG same as an echocardiogram?

NO: Ecg is an electrocardiogram or ekg. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound evaluation of the heart and valvular structures. ...Read more

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Echocardiogram is it the same a ekg?

Echocardiogram is it the same a ekg?

ECHO: Echocardiogram uses sound waves to image the heart.
Ecg records the electrical signals from the heart
they are different data sets. ...Read more

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Is an EKG and echocardiogram the same?

Is an EKG and echocardiogram the same?

Different: Ekg (electrocardiogram) refers to a graph of the electrical activity of the heart. Echocardiogram refers to ultrasound test which allows to actually see the structure and function of the heart. ...Read more

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If my I have an irregular ekg, but my echocardiogram is normal.....? What does that rule out?

If my I have an irregular ekg, but my echocardiogram is normal.....? What does that rule out?

Structural problems: A number of structural problems with the heart can cause irregular heartbeats and can be detected with echocardiography. A normal echocardiogram means that the heart irregularity is due to issues other than structural problems. ...Read more

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Perfect echocardiogram, 24h ecg showed some ST Sagging, no further tests recommended, what does this mean?

Perfect echocardiogram, 24h ecg showed some ST Sagging, no further tests recommended, what does this mean?

Non-invasive CV eval: Non-specific EKG changes during stress testing are common. Stress imaging (ECHO, nuclear or MRI) carries more weight as it allows the doctor to assess the flow of blood into different parts of the heart muscle and also assesses the 'Ejection Fraction', which is a measure of the strength of heart contractions, above 55% being normal. Coronary calcium scores assess heart artery blockage risk. ...Read more

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What exactly is echocardiogram? What are the doctors measuring when they perform ecg?

What exactly is echocardiogram? What are the doctors measuring when they perform ecg?

Ultrasound of heart: Echocardiogram is essentially an ultrasound of the heart. .. Ecg helps measure your heart rhythm and how the electrical impulses in your heart move from the atria to the ventricles. .. The latter can show how quickly the impulse moves in different parts of the heart, and can show if a part of the heart is not getting enough oxygenated blood flow, which may warn of a heart attack. .. ...Read more

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For slight murmurs, is it appropriate to get an EKG or an echocardiogram?

Both: Both an ekg and an echo might be appropriate for diagnosis of a murmur. Complete evaluation can depend on when it was recognized and whether you are having any other symptoms, such as dizziness, skipping beats, or shortness of breath. Some murmurs are benign but you should always let your physician know if something is new or changing with your symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had an echocardiogram and an EKG done would they have been able to tell if I need a pacemaker through that?

Usually: If the EKG shows a severely slowed heart rate and certain types of other electrical abnormalities, it would suggest the possible need for a pacemaker. Other cause of the these abnormalities need to be excluded, though. Echocardiogram is less helpful in answering this question. ...Read more

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I had an abnormal ekg and I'm going to get a echocardiogram soon how often are ekgs wrong? I'm worried and can anxiety mess up an ekg?

I had an abnormal ekg and I'm going to get a echocardiogram soon how often are ekgs wrong? I'm worried and can anxiety mess up an ekg?

EKGs are...just OK.: Truth be told, the EKG isn't the most informative test in the world. It's good as a screening test, but regardless of the results of such, if we think someone is truly at heart risk, we test further (stress test for example). And even if the EKG suggests an abnormality, we often need to confirm with more testing (2D Echo, for example). So it's not the most accurate test out there. ...Read more

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Would an (partial or full) fatrioventicular septal defect have shown up on ekg, and doppler echocardiogram if it was present in an adult? Likely?

Yes: An atrioventricular septal defect is a serious issue which should be detected by echocardiography. It would not necessarily be detected by an ekg. ...Read more

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My echocardiogram and my ECG were normal, so what are the chances of my Stress ECHO being normal If I did the test? High right?

My echocardiogram and my ECG were normal, so what are the chances of my Stress ECHO being normal If I did the test? High right?

Likely normal: It's likely to be normal but not for the reasons you list. Because you're 24, the incidence of coronary disease is very low, so your test will probably be normal. However it's entirely possible to have a nl resting echo and nl EKG and an abnormal stress echo which is specifically looking for evidence of inadequate circulation. The resting tests are relatively insensitive to that. ...Read more

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Would a stress test, echocardiogram, or an EKG detect if you have an arrhythmia if they aren't looking?

Would a stress test, echocardiogram, or an EKG detect if you have an arrhythmia if they aren't looking?

Maybe: Only if they were lucky enough to be looking at the time. A holster monitor would be a better choice to monitor and record cardiac activity over a period of time. ...Read more

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Can heart scarring be detected by resting EKG or can only echocardiogram or muga detect heart scarring?

Can heart scarring be detected by resting EKG or can only echocardiogram or muga detect heart scarring?

Yes: Resting ekg may show evidence of prior ischemic event, however size of the area affected is only appreciated on studies like myocardial viability (nuclear), echo or cardiac mri. ...Read more

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Is it ok if the pulmonic valve and the pulmonary artery were not well visualized in my echocardiogram if I had an abnormal ecg?

Is it ok if the pulmonic valve and the pulmonary artery were not well visualized in my echocardiogram if I had an abnormal ecg?

What was looking 4?: What was the doc looking for when he ordered the test? Discuss that with him and if appropriate the test can be redone. ...Read more

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Ekg and a echocardiogram and the test results were normal. Does this mean my heart is normal?

Ekg and a echocardiogram and the test results were normal. Does this mean my heart is normal?

Not necessarily: These tests can only pick up so many of the abnormalities. It is possible that you have narrowing of the coronary arteries but the blockage is not severe enough to show up in these tests. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor to see what are the results of other tests, including lab tests and what, if any life style changes or medications may be needed. ...Read more

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Had an echocardiogram done and it says ‘normal sinus rhythm’. But I thought only an ekg could show sinus rhythm?

Had an echocardiogram done and it says ‘normal sinus rhythm’. But I thought only an ekg could show sinus rhythm?

NSR: Technically you are correct but the cardiologist can "see" what is happening with the echo.
When one listens to a person's heart and it sound regular, one assumes it is sinus rhythm and not any of the other possibilities.
Good question ...Read more

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Had echocardiogram 2011 was normal, had 12 ECG so far this year all normal. Likely hood of me having sudden cardiac death?

Had echocardiogram 2011 was normal, had 12 ECG so far this year all normal. Likely hood of me having sudden cardiac death?

Unlikely: At age 20, sudden cardiac death is unlikely without a structural or electrical abnormality of the heart. Illicit drug use, smoking and alcohol abuse could increase risk. ...Read more

Dr. Rick Koch
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Cardiac Echo (Definition)

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Echocardiogram (Definition)

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