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Should I be concerned for my daughters ultrasound results? A bright spot was found on the heart ventricle?

Should I be concerned for my daughters ultrasound results? A bright spot was found on the heart ventricle?

Not usually: Sometimes the "bright spot" is an incidental finding - in fact, often it is non-specific, meaning not clinically significant. Discuss with your cardiologist to review how to best follow-up/monitor. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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After a second ultrasound, doctor says bright spot is smaller but still present on the baby heart. Blood test shows all fine. Should we be worried?

After a second ultrasound, doctor says bright spot is smaller but still present on the baby heart. Blood test shows all fine. Should we be worried?

Discuss with doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Doctor found bright spot on sonogram in heart but everything else was fine including ds test, should I be worried?

Doctor found bright spot on sonogram in heart but everything else was fine including ds test, should I be worried?

"bright spot": I'm mystified as to what might have been seen on your echo - virtually all structures appear as "bright spots."! please find out more precisely what was seen and get back to us. - thanks! ...Read more

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52 female swollen legs and feet, legs are bright red and warm at touch. I gained 30lbs in less than a week, I take thyroid med. Went to my dr, she ran blood work and it all came back ok. Had ultra sound of liver and heart and all is good. Seen my cardio dr

52 female swollen legs and feet, legs are bright red and warm at touch. I gained 30lbs in less than a week, I take thyroid med. Went to my dr, she ran blood work and it all came back ok. Had ultra sound of liver and heart and all is good. Seen my cardio dr

Hello.: Hello. You indicated that you gained 30 pounds in one week - usually that rapid a weight gain is due to fluid retention. The swelling of your lower extremities helps to support that idea. I don't know if the blood work, and ultrasounds were done before or after that weight gain. Even if a definitive cause is not known, your doctor should be able to help diuress some of that fluid (if that is infact what it is). I am a psychiatrist, so I can not provide you with a second opinion. However, if you had not yet had that level of weight gain, please get this reassessed by your provider. Also ask about help to reduce the fluid that is being retained in your lower extremities. In the meantime, you may wish to sit with your legs propped up, so that you won't have so much gravitational pull on the fluids. ...Read more

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Just had a 2-d heart ultrasound done which came back normal. If I had a previous heart attack wouldn't the ultrasound have showed an abnormality?

Not necessarily: You had a heart attack at age 18? If the heart attack does not affect the whole wall then the wall motion can remain normal. ...Read more

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How does a heart ultrasound work?

How does a heart ultrasound work?

Echocardiogram: Acoustic waves (in the mega-hz so they can't be heard) are sent from the probe and the time the reflected wave takes to return is measured. This is similar to sonar. For moving structures, like valves and blood, the machine takes advantage of the doppler effect (notice the change in tone of the train whistle as it passes a station) to measure velocities. ...Read more

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What does a heart ultrasound check?

A lot. It can show: Motion and function of valves, heart muscle thickness, chamber size, wall motion, ability of the atria and ventricles to empty, and can show valve incompetence. It can show the pericardium and whether there is fluid, and how much, and if it impedes chamber filling or emptying (tamponade). ...Read more

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Having a heart ultrasound. Who does it?

Having a heart ultrasound. Who does it?

Echo tech: It is performed by a licensed technician and interpreted by a cardiologist in nearly every instance...Some programs are "accredited" & must meet strict criteria. ...Read more

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What diagnoses can a heart ultrasound make?

What diagnoses can a heart ultrasound make?

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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Getting a heart ultrasound. What can I expect?

Getting a heart ultrasound. What can I expect?

Painless test: That takes about 45 minutes performed while laying down on left side. You will be asked to hold your breath for brief period of time by technologist occasionally. ...Read more

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What is a EKG? I'm having a ultrasound on my baby heart

What is a EKG? I'm having a ultrasound on my baby heart

EKG: Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG) is the recording of the electrical activity of the heart. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever died during a heart ultrasound before?

Has anyone ever died during a heart ultrasound before?

No: Never says never, I guess but it's a very simple, harmless procedure. ...Read more

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Can you only hear a babys heart beat through a vaginal ultrasound?

Can you only hear a babys heart beat through a vaginal ultrasound?

You can see too: It is unclear what you mean by the word "only". You can see the ovaries and cervix and the tubes, too, using vaginal ultrasound. It is good for seening things in the pelvis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with 2 normal heart ultrasounds? (echocardiograms)

Is it possible to have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with 2 normal heart ultrasounds? (echocardiograms)

Unlikely: Echo is generally the most direct diagnostic tool for this condition, so if the condition is present, echo should demonstrate it. Sometimes borderline cases may be difficult to distinguish from athletic heart, but echo will still raise concerns about the possible dx. Very early in the dz the main sign may only be subtle ECG changes, although this will only become clear in retrospect. ...Read more

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Does smoking hookah show up on your ultrasound for a heart murmur and is smoking hookah bad for you?

Does smoking hookah show up on your ultrasound for a heart murmur and is smoking hookah bad for you?

Smoking: Breathing any kind of smoke is not healthful for the lungs. Some smoke has absorbable substances which can cause systemic trouble. ...Read more

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Can an ultrasound show if baby has any brain or heart condition? Is there any condition ultrasound doesn't show?

Can an ultrasound show if baby has any brain or heart condition? Is there any condition ultrasound doesn't show?

Large changes: Ultrasound has its limits. It is benign and so does not use radiation or anything else which will put the mother or baby at risk. But it is of lower resolution than x-ray type scans. It will show major organ changes or failures. It cannot show any changes from most biochemical or inherited conditions. So for example it would show anencephaly (no higher brain) but not phenylketonuria. ...Read more

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Is it possible for hypo plastic left heart syndrome to be picked up on a 2d ultrasound that is preformed by a obgyn?

Is it possible for hypo plastic left heart syndrome to be picked up on a 2d ultrasound that is preformed by a obgyn?

Yes: The heart is fully formed by the end of the first trimester. A screening echocardiogram by a well trained obstetrician should be able to detect hypo plastic heart syndrome. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound at 22 weeks, showing 2.7 mm of fluid on babys heart, no infections were found from me. What could this mean?

I had an ultrasound at 22 weeks, showing 2.7 mm of fluid on babys heart, no infections were found from me. What could this mean?

Pericardial effusion: It sounds like the baby has a percardial effusion. Specific cases like this will need t be addressed by your doctor to determine if further testing is warranted. ...Read more

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I have polyhydramnios, the baby measures three weeks ahead on ultrasound and baby has fluid around its heart. Are any of these related?

I have polyhydramnios, the baby measures three weeks ahead on ultrasound and baby has fluid around its heart. Are any of these related?

Could Be: There is something called nonimmune hydrops fetalis. This can be caused by chromosome disorders, metabolic storage diseases, cardiac abnormalities, anemia, infections, and other fetal problems. Amniocentesis as well as a detailed fetal ultrasound may be suggested. Good luck. ...Read more

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My dr told me last year after my heart ultrasound that the back of my heart was slightly thicker. She wasn't worried. Now I wonder, cardiomyopathy?

My dr told me last year after my heart ultrasound that the back of my heart was slightly thicker. She wasn't worried. Now I wonder, cardiomyopathy?

Why an U/S of heart: At 19 yrs of age why were you getting an echocardiogram of your heart in the first place? You shouldn't be having tests just to have tests! At 19 you should in general have serious heart issues. You live in Massachusetts. Go to Boston Children's with your results and speak to one of their cardiologists to allay your fears. ...Read more

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I went for my 1st ultrasound. I'm 6w1d heartbeat was too low to hear but dr said it was between 110-115 is this a good heart rate for 6w or low? P3g0

I went for my 1st ultrasound. I'm 6w1d heartbeat was too low to hear but dr said it was between 110-115 is this a good heart rate for 6w or low? P3g0

Very early: A baby's heart rate barely becomes visible around 6 weeks. At 6 weeks and 1 day, the "flicker" may or may not be seen. I would suggest repeating the sonogram in 2 weeks to get a better image and confirm the heartbeat. In the meantime, don't dwell on the heart rate. Concentrate on keeping yourself healthy for your baby. ...Read more

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My 9 month old has needed supplementary oxygen since having bronchilitis in October. She had an ultrasound of her heart in November which was normal.?

My 9 month old has needed supplementary oxygen since having bronchilitis in October. She had an ultrasound of her heart in November which was normal.?

Follow up Doctor: Hi Willie280,
I understand you are concerned about your daughter and her need for supplementary oxygen.
She has been to a doctor to get this oxygen and supplies. Perhaps making a follow up visit with the doctor and bring a list of your questions would be helpful. The doctor has all the childs information to answer you most exactly.
Dr. Lori Lange ...Read more

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Hello thank you for accepting me! I had endocharditis 2 years ago. Now I'm due for a check up I'll be having a heart ultrasound in about a week... will I die a lot younger now my heart is damaged

Hello thank you for accepting me! I had endocharditis 2 years ago. Now I'm due for a check up I'll be having a heart ultrasound in about a week... will I die a lot younger now my heart is damaged

Only if u/s shows it: Damge can be had with endocharditis but cardiac echo will show all the areas of concern, may be normal lifespan, even if valve damage if not too severe can be normal but in future they should have good technowledgy to fix alot of problems, don't worry just have good habits like no smoking, drink moderate alcohol, keep norml weight, walk alot, eat healthy foods ...Read more

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What is a fetal heart ultrasound?

What is a fetal heart ultrasound?

Fetal echocardiogram: A fetal echocardiogram is a specialized ultrasound of the fetal heart, usually only done when there is an increased risk of a heart defect in the fetus. It is a detailed look at lots of different parts of a baby's heart anatomy and function. ...Read more

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Could a 2 week ultrasound detect a heart defect?

Could a 2 week ultrasound detect a heart defect?

Sometimes: Pediatric echocardiography can be helpful in evaluating the heart musculature and contribute to making a diagnosis (along with other studies the doctor will order). It is not invasive, not uncomfortable for the patient. Usually requires a specialist to perform the ultrasonography. ...Read more

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What could it mean for an ultrasound of a baby to show a shadow on the heart?

What could it mean for an ultrasound of a baby to show a shadow on the heart?

Nothing: Your question does not contain sufficient information to be answered. Resubmit question after obtaining the US report. ...Read more

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What is the difference doing ultrasound of heart and mr of heart? Something you can't see with ultra that u can see with mr?

What is the difference doing ultrasound of heart and mr of heart? Something you can't see with ultra that u can see with mr?

Snapshot vs movie: An ultrasound of the heart is a dynamic, moving picture study done in real time. It can be used to evaluate blood flow, chamber sizes and pressures, valve action, wall thickness, ejection fraction, among others. An MRI produces a static picture. It does produce a higher resolution image than an ultrasound, which may be useful in certain situations. ...Read more

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Anatomy ultrasound of the heart, what do they look for?

A lot: Another term for this is echocardiogram or echo for short. We can evaluate the heart function (how does it squeeze and how does it relax). We can see and evalate the heart valves and look for blockage or leak. We can look for tumors of the heart, holes in the heart, and clots in the heart. Echo is extemely important in evaluating function and anatomy of the heart. ...Read more

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Can you tell by ultrasound if a baby has congential heart defects?

Depends: The results of a prenatal ultrasound depend on the sensitivity of the equipment used, the technician and the person interpreting the study. Some studies are fine for locating the fetal position, placental location and estimating fetal size, but little more. Most newer machines are capable of picking up most defects but a few will not be evident. Newborn exam and postnatal study may be needed. ...Read more

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Can a ultrasound of the heart detect heart defect in asymptomatic adult?

Can a ultrasound of the heart detect heart defect in asymptomatic adult?

Possibly...: You may have a "subclinical" defect (such as a very small atrial septal defect) that is not large enough to generate symptoms, yet could potentially be picked up on an echocardiogram. You may also have the most common congenital heart defect (a bicuspid aortic valve) which could also be picked up on echo and which could be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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My daughter has been found to have a heart defect? I am so angry, how could they have missed it on ultrasounds?

My daughter has been found to have a heart defect? I am so angry, how could they have missed it on ultrasounds?

Normal response: It is certainly normal for you to feel angry when you get bad news. The fact is ultrasounds vary in sensitivity with the training of the operator & interpreter & the machine used for the procedures. Some us's can verify position of baby, placenta & confirm dates but little more, some are so detailed you see almost everything. Still some defects will only be spotted after birth when blood flow changes. ...Read more

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What's a heart ultrasound for?

Echocardiogram: A heart ultrasound (echocardiogram) uses sound waves to evaluate the structure and function of the heart. It can discover congenital defects, valve disease, evaluate function, and look for evidence of infection. ...Read more

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What is a heart ultrasound used for?

Or Echocardiogram: Is a noninvasive way to evaluate overall heart size and function as well as valve function. ...Read more

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Can heart ultrasound show heart damage?

Only gross damage: A cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram) will show the size and function of the heart chambers and valves as well as the great vessels entering and exiting the heart. While the echocardiogram will detect wall motion abnormalities it will not detect small areas of damage or plaque build up in the coronary arteries (heart disease). ...Read more

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If I have a heart ultrasound, do I have to be topless?

If I have a heart ultrasound, do I have to be topless?

No: They will put a gown on you so only the part that's necessary will be exposed. You will need skin to skin contact with the probe so no bra and the probe will be around the breast area. ...Read more

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Are all ultrasound scans of the heart called heart echo's?

Are all ultrasound scans of the heart called heart echo's?

Heart Echo: The technical term used is echcardiogram which translates in to echo or ultrasond exam of heart. ...Read more