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Are you able to see the coronary arteries on an echo?

Are you able to see the coronary arteries on an echo?

Rarely & only a part: Rarely on a very good echo you can see a small part of the beginning of the left coronary artery, but this test should not be used to assess the coronary arteries. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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


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Does an echo detect coronary artery disease?

May be: Echocardiograms are very good at seeing the function of the heart muscle. If coronary artery disease has damaged the heart, the weekend part of the heart will be visible on an echocardiogram. However, significant blockage can occur without damage. A resting echocardiogram will not be able to see this. A stress echocardiogram, however, may be effective in detecting this type of disease. ...Read more

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Does a regular echo detect coronary artery disease?

Does a regular echo detect coronary artery disease?

It indirectly can: An echocardiogram can show the heart valves, heart chamber size, and contraction of the left and right ventricles that pump blood out of the heart. If a particular wall of the left ventricle does not contract normally, it is likely an indication of coronary artery disease of a significant severity. ...Read more

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If echo, stress, EKG and X-ray come back clear, what are the chances of having coronary artery spasms& would the studies have shown a presence ?

If echo, stress, EKG and X-ray come back clear, what are the chances of having coronary artery spasms& would the studies have shown a presence ?

Probably not: Coronary spasm occurs both in patients with blockages as well as in patients without (the classic prinzemetals angina description). Most tests would not show it unless a provoking factor was stimulated or initiated (example ergonovine). It's often made as a diagnosis only after witnessing spasm or ischemia under provocation after anatomically defining the extent of coronary disease. ...Read more

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Normal ekg, stress, echo and holter.Would my cardiologist been able to diagnose me with coronary artery spasms If I did not have pain during tests?28

Normal ekg, stress, echo and holter.Would my cardiologist been able to diagnose me with coronary artery spasms If I did not have pain during tests?28

Coronary spasm: Coronary spasm will cause pain and ekg change during the spasm. Spasms may not occur during a stress test. Cardiologists can do provocative testing for spasm. These include ice cold hand immersion or an injection. ...Read more

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Why has my doctor not checked for coronary artery anomolies excercise chest pain. Had echo, ecg, stress ecg, 24h ecg, bloods. 21 male.

Why has my doctor not checked for coronary artery anomolies excercise chest pain.  Had echo, ecg, stress ecg, 24h ecg, bloods. 21 male.

Studies are negative: At 21 y/o with the above negative studies, i can say with certainty that you do not have coronary artery disease. I will look for chest wall pain/costochondritis, asthma induce exercise, acid reflux that can mimic pressure chest pain like from the heart, anxiety disorders. Trust your doctor, stay in shape, do not smoke or drink, eat healthy. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Coronary Artery (Definition)

Coronary artery is the name given to the blood vessels that supply the myocardium. The word coronary was coined by the first anatomists that noticed that if you remove all muscle from the heart the remaining vessels resemble the shape of a corona or crown. ...Read more