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Doctor insights on: Are The Results Comparable With Dipyridamole And A Dobutamine Stress Echo

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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I am going for a dobutamine stress echo cardiogram? What should I expect?

I am going for a dobutamine stress echo cardiogram? What should I expect?

Heart test: A cardiac sonographer will place electrodes on ur chest attached 2 an EKG monitor that charts ur heart’s electrical activity. They will perform a resting ekg, measure your resting heart rate & take your blood pressure. A dr or nurse will give the Dobutamine into ur IV while the they continue 2 obtain echo images. It will cause your heart to react as if you were exercising, your heart will go fast. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a lexiscan stress test & a stress echo dobutamine test? I have had the lexiscan before.

What's the difference between a lexiscan stress test & a stress echo dobutamine test? I have had the lexiscan before.

Nuclear/ Echo stress: Lexiscan stress generally performed with nuclear isotope, which shows blood circulation(perfusion), comparing with medication lexiscan(stressing heart) and at rest. Dobutamine echo we are looking at wallmotion of heart with medication dobutamine( stressing heart )and at rest to see they show any differences to detect blockages ...Read more

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What is "dobutamine, stress echocardiography criteria"?

A screening test: Stress tests are largely done to identify patients at risk for heart attacks. For patients who cannot exercise due to arthritis or other reasons, Dobutamine is a drug that will mimic exercise, and allow a stress test to be done. It is not as good as exercise, but it is a reasonable alternative if exercise is not possible. ...Read more

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35 male no smoking no fam his. Chol within limits Did stress echo in jan 2015 results good. Could thing have changed since leading to blockage?

35 male no smoking no fam his. Chol within limits Did stress echo in jan 2015 results good. Could thing have changed since leading to blockage?

No but: fitst the echocardiogram test showed the heart structure and evaluate heart muscle contraction.it is not made to tell us about blockage that could lead to heart muscle infarction,but it is capable of showing infarction that happen before.so normal echo does not mean a clean artery ...Read more

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I felt little dizzied like passing out during my stress echo test. However all my results came normal and o2 saturation were 98-99. Is that normal?

I felt little dizzied like passing out during my stress echo test. However all my results came normal and o2 saturation were 98-99. Is that normal?

Probably OK: many people are a little anxious doing a stress echo test. Between the anxiety and the exercise some people actually hyperventilate a little during the test and this can result in the sensation of lightheadedness. ...Read more

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Can I have pah if CT showed concern for it but echo was ok? Stress echo was done 6mnths before ct. Could the echo results have changed in 6mnths?

Can I have pah if CT showed concern for it but echo was ok? Stress echo was done 6mnths before ct. Could the echo results have changed in 6mnths?

Possibly: Typically a stress echo only includes images on the left ventricle. So the right ventricle and tricuspid valve may not have been interrogated. The ct findings of pah are usually enlarged pulmonary arteries. This finding is suggestive but not diagnostic of pah. Further testing is needed to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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Had a stress echo for left shoulder pain. Negative results. Having palpitations and skipped beats. Should I be worried?

Had a stress echo for left shoulder pain. Negative results. Having palpitations and skipped beats. Should I be worried?

Hard to say: Skipped beats are not uncommon as one ages. A 24 hour Holter monitor is often helpful if the echocardiogram did not documented any irregularities. Make certain your thyroid tests are within normal range as this may play a role. ...Read more

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Have a stress echo coming up. Will working out beforehand to prepare improve test results ?

Have a stress echo coming up. Will working out beforehand to prepare improve test results ?

Not recommended: Depends on your cardiovascular fitness and your overall health profile. Usually you want to be tested as close to your baseline as possible because you are exercising your heart to exhaustion. It's usually not easy and you are asked to push your heart and body to the limit to see if your heart is experiencing oxygen hunger at that level. It may also give the examiner a false resting EKG and BP. ...Read more

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Can a 36 male with no family history, non smoker, normal chol, 22.3 BMI and good results stress/echo a year ago get angina or heart attack? Scared!

Can a 36 male with no family history, non smoker, normal chol, 22.3 BMI and good results stress/echo a year ago get angina or heart attack? Scared!

Possible but unlikely: most angina occurs on the basis of hardening of the arteries which would be unlikely with a normal stress test and no cardiac risk factors There are however some types of angina is that do not occur from "hardening of the arteries such as spasm of the arteries this can be diagnosed by EKG by giving certain drugs or by heart catheterization ...Read more

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Stress echo w/complete TTE -what is it? Can you explain it for me?

Stress echo w/complete TTE -what is it? Can you explain it for me?

Ultrasound: A complete TTE is a transthoracic echocardiogram. Essentially an ultrasound probe is placed on your chest to visualize heart size and function. The stress portion means they will do an ultrasound at rest and then right after stress with exercise on a treadmill or a medication to increase your heart rate mimicking exercise. Stress can bring out abnormalities not seen at rest. ...Read more

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What does pvc:2; psvc:5 mean on a stress echo report?

What does pvc:2; psvc:5 mean on a stress echo report?

Early beats?: Acronyms are not always standardized on echo reports. However PVC and psvc may stand for premature ventricular (bottom heart chamber) and supraventricular (top heart chamber) contractions; respectively. You may have had 2 and 5 of each, during the echocardiogram recording. Commenting on the significance of this requires more information. See cardiologist. ...Read more

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Normal ekg with " poor r wave progression" stress Echo came back normal. What does the poor r wave progression mean?

Normal ekg with " poor r wave progression" stress Echo came back normal. What does the poor r wave progression mean?

Ecg: poor R wave progression doesn't necessarily mean anything. If your echo images are normal, that confirms the 'poor R wave progression' in your case isn't anything to be concerned about. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with benign PVCs, stress echo negative. Took my first dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg today and note a big increase in PVCs today. Related?

I was diagnosed with benign PVCs, stress echo negative.  Took my first dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg today and note a big increase in PVCs today.  Related?

Maybe: Usually Lexapro (escitalopram) is NOT the first medicine that comes to mind that increases PVCs and it could be very good to control anxiety that worsens PVCs. Give it a longer try. Having said that, we learned long ago that ANY medication may cause ANY side effect. Discuss it with the doctor that prescribed it. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Echo (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Timothy Guiney
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Dipyridamole (Definition)

Dipyridamole (Persantine) is a platelet inhibitor is a kind of anti-coagulation drug ...Read more