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Does A Cardiac Cath Rule Out Blocked Arteries
Yes: The 2d echocardiogram will give you an excellent assessment of the structural and functional status of the heart. Evaluate valvular function, ventricular function and pulmonary pressures. A possible exception may be the case of end stage renal failure and volume overload. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
No: Many times in medicine a single test cannot be counted on to rule out disease completely. Even though stress testing is a very good test to evaluate the blood flow to the heart, it is only one piece of the diagnostic puzzle and sometimes a cardiac catheterization is needed to better decide if there is a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does a ordinary heart echo include checking the pulmonary arterial pressure and does a normal echo rule out pulmonary hypertension?
Is nuclear stress test or Cardiac CTA better for ruling out clogged arteries? My nuclear test was clear but they couldnt do CTA due to heart rate.
Nuclear stress test: The nuclear stress test is better because (1) it is a functional test - your heart is actually "stressed" to beat harder, & (2) you can do it at any heart rate (as you've seen). The cardiac CTA only tells you anatomy - whether or not there is calcium in the arteries - not how your heart functions. Not all plaques contain calcium, either, so cardiac CTA has false negatives also. Talk to your doctor ...Read more
Pretty much: A few very uncommon entities would be exceptions. If your exercise tolerance is as good as a non-athletic peer, you do not have CHF. Please forgive me; if you are asking about yourself, please get with a personal trainer and see what your body can do. You may be pleasantly surprised by the benefits to your physical and emotional well being. ...Read more
Will a cardiac mri/mra show congested heart failure, blocked arteries, etc? What all will it show?
No: Stress tests, like a treadmill, only check for coronary artery disease (CAD) that is significant enough to cause low blood flow into a part of the heart, which will show ECG changes or show decreased movement on an echocardiogram. But milder CAD will not be ruled out by treadmill test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If your coronary artery origin/anatomy is seen on echocardiogram does this most likely rule out congenital coronary anomalies?
I'm getting a coranary cta this week. Doc said it will show arteries & heart. Will this show if i had a heart attack or plaque build up in arteries?
Echocardiogram showed normal coronary origin, 22 male. Does it rule out congenital coronary issues? Get chest pain. Had ecg, stress ecg, 24h ECG also.
Can an EKG treadmill test with normal results rule out heart disease? Or do I need other tests to test for CAD & heart structure problems or blockage?
Stress echo showed heart wall abnormality cardiologist wants to do a lhc to see if blockage in lad. Safe while being treated for diverticulitis?
How long would an normal echocardiogram be efective against aortic dissection. In other words would a normal echo rule out future dissection?
No, but...: Sadly, no. An echo can only see the world as it is at that exact moment in time. Dissection can always occur later. That said, thoracic dissections are rarely both serious and asymptomatic, so if one started, odds are good that you'd know in a painful, let's go visit the er sort of way. ...Read more
Can a cardiac MRI with contrast done at mayo see your coronary arteries ? And if anything is blocked ?
Yes: However: it is NOT a screening tool and should NOT be done in young, asymptomatic, healthy individual. Ask your statistician friends who will tell you that the accuracy of ANY test depends on the prevalence of the disease in the population you are studying and the pre- test chance of the disease in the individual being tested. Long answer to tell you that it is NOT first test that comes to mind ...Read more
Is it common to do a D-dimmer test prior to doing pulmonary angiogram or CT PE to rule out pulmonary embolism?
Yes: If a patient presents with chest pains and symptoms consistent with pulmonary embolus as an etiology a D-Dimer is often performed. If the D-Dimer is elevated and the clinical suspicion is high then a Pulmonary angiogram or CT-PE would be ordered to confirm or exclude the clinical suspicion. ...Read more
This is a procedure where narrow, flexible tubes are inserted into a peripheral artery through a cut in the skin, and advanced to the heart. Dye can be injected through the catheters into the arteries of the heart to look for blockages ("angiogram"), or to measure pressure within the cardiac chambers ("right heart cath"). Arteries can be opened with balloons/stents at the ...Read more
Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more
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