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Not at all: It can't see narrowed or blocked coronary arteries or electrical shortcuts or arhythmias. ...Read more
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
I had an EKG. Now my doctor is sending me to have an echocardiogram and holter monitor. Was there something wrong with my EKG result?
Abnormality: It is likely your doctor saw an abnormality in the rhythm on your ecg. An echo will evaluate the anatomy of your heart to determine if a structural or valve abnormality is present and causing the arrhythmia. The holter monitor is used to obtain a 24 hour or longer electrical recording of your heart's activity, much like an ecg. It can then be reviewed for occurrences of arrhythmia's. ...Read more
Is a whooshing sound normal during an echocardiogram? I had an echocardiogram this morning and the machine was making clicking and whooshing sounds. I won’t be talking to my doctor until next week, and i’m worried the noises mean something’s wrong.
Chest x-Ray, echocardiogram, complete. Docs couldn't find anything wrong with chest discomfort. Do I need to see a GI for acid or GERD issue? BP good.
Change diet: If u have ongoing chest/ stomach disconfort and in general healthy (CXR ok and heart ok), most likeli your nutrition need attention., Eliminate " toxic" food as processed food, sodas, pizza. Fast food. Eat small servings every 2-3 hours (fresh produce, YOGURT, KEFIR. W fresh fruit, Fish, chicken, nuts. Water as main drink, moderate with alcohol, . DON'T eat heavy before bed! Get BMI <25. ...Read more
I'm 23 I have GAD depression and anxiety I've had 13 Ekgs an echocardiogram chest xray all fine but I still think something is wrong with my heart?
Given you age as well as your GAD, it is unlikely that your chest discomfort is due to your heart. You have also had a pretty extensive work up for such a young person. Please seek help with cognitive behavioral therapy as well as maybe medication.
Wish you the best. ...Read more
Several things: The heart muscle, the valves, arteries such as the aorta, the four chambers of the heart, fluid around the heart if present, how hard the heart is contracting, whether it is too weak or too thick. ...Read more
Doppler effect: The echocardiogram utilizes ultrasound and a principle called the doppler effect. Doppler effect means sound waves are reflected at different velocities and this information is electronically transformed to allow visualization of structural details and provide information about blood flow velocities. ...Read more
Not sure: What you mean. The ekg has two readings. The computer generated read is immediate and not always correct. Then an over read by a physician is made and agrees with or corrects and improves the accuracy of the reading. A wrong computer generated read is not a falsification but a weakness in the technology at this point. ...Read more
Echocardiogram: This is a non-invasive heart examination with ultrasound much like an obstetric ultrasound study except that it is directed at the heart. It is generally painless and involves no radiation exposure. Of all cardiac studies, it probably tells us more about cardiac structure and function than any other cardiac test. Don't worry about having one done! ...Read more
Ask your Doctor: Echocardiogram is an ultrasound exam of your heart. It looks at the heart valves, heart muscles, blood vessels, and how they function. The exam is used when the doctor things there may be a problem with your heart muscle, valves, or blood vessels. There are too many indications to list, but your doctor or a cardiologist can determine if you should get one. ...Read more
Yes: As is the case with any test, if it is not done properly the results can be misleading. The technician doing the test has to have certain skills or the test can be misleading or just not of good enough quality to give the information being looked for. "garbage in, garbage out" they say. ...Read more
Looks at heart: An echocardiogram uses sound waves (sonar) to look at the structure and function of the heart. The strength of the heart muscle, size of the various heart chambers and the structure and function of the heart valves is determined. Damaged heart from a heart attack can be seen any any valves that are narrowed (stenosed) or leaky are easily seen. ...Read more
Ultrasound of heart: An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound of the heart. Just like an ultrasound of a pregnant woman shows a real-time picture of the fetus, an echocardiogram shows a real-time picture of the heart. An echocardiogram can show if heart valves are abnormal, if the heart is thickened or dilated, how well the heart can pump, if there are any holes in the heart walls, and other heart problems. ...Read more
Many Many Things: I do echos & have worked with many techs; heart echos are rarely easy; very dependant on the machine, person, tech, reader & commonly “read” rapidly, accepting inaccurate measurements & looking only for marked abnormality (the standard medical algorithm), not excellence of heart function. Sound will not penetrate ribs or lungs, images obtained usually off optimal angles; many options for ↓ quality. ...Read more
The original description of m-mode echocardiography in 1953, by inge edler (1911–2001) and his physicist friend hellmuth hertz, marked the beginning of this new diagnostic noninvasive technique
the 1st clinical application of diagnostic cardiac ultrasound was actually in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with pericardial effusion. ...Read more
It depends: Echocardiography is performed to provide information about the structure and function of the heart. It can provide information about structural abnormalities such as valve abnormalities and congenital defects. It is also helpful to determine how well the heart functions as well as pressures inside the heart. It can also be utilized to look for abnormalities of the aorta. ...Read more
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
Depends: It depends on what you are trying to diagnosis. It is obviously of no use in diagnosing appendicitis. For leakage or a block in a heart valve it is very reliable. Same as for measuring how hard the muscle is contracting or whether the heart chambers are enlarged. It also depends on technical issues. Less reliable if you are 400 pounds or have lung disease. ...Read more
15-30 minutes: Depending on your physique, presence or absence of pathology, and the skill and schedule of the sonographer. ...Read more
Should be fine: An echocardiogram is a dedicated comprehensive ultrasound focusing on the heart. It provides a rich array of information about the structure as well as function of the heart and heart valves. It requires no radiation nor contrast, therefore poses minimal risk to patient. I think you should be just fine having had this and look forward to the detailed results described above. Good luck! ...Read more