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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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Dr. Ira Friedlander
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Artery (Definition)

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


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Does an echo detect coronary artery disease?

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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Can a regular echocardiogram detect atherosclerosis?

Can a regular echocardiogram detect atherosclerosis?

No: A standard echocardiogram (echo) does not evaluate atherosclerosis, although if there has been a heart attack and heart muscle damage the effects may be able to be visualized. A test like a stress test (with or without myocardial perfusion imaging), coronary ct/mri and cardiac catheterization are often employed to detect atherosclerosis.A stress echo is designed to evaluate for the presence of cad. ...Read more

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Can a regular echocardiogram detect an aortic dissection coming?

Can a regular echocardiogram detect an aortic dissection coming?

Not really : There is no test to tell u if u will develop dissection or not . Regular or trans-thoracic echo can detect dissection in the ascending part of the thoracic aorta but can't see other parts. Ct angiography, mra or trans-esophageal echo is better tests. ...Read more

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How accurate is Echocardiogram for finding ischemic heart disease ?Had a clear angiogram 2012.

How accurate is Echocardiogram for finding  ischemic heart disease ?Had a clear angiogram 2012.

Not so great. : An echocardiogram may show if you had a heart attack in the past; but will not reveal if you currently at risk for a heart attack. You'd need a stress test and/or another angiogram. ...Read more

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Can coronary artery disease be identified on a routine echocardiogram?

Can coronary artery disease be identified on a routine echocardiogram?

Yes: Well the visualization of the coronary artery branches is quite limited although one can not uncommonly see the origin of the left main coronary artery for instance especially when calcified. In addition, coronary artery disease can result in focal abnormalities in contraction. Primary muscle disease in general interferes with contraction all over. If the abnormality is focal it suggests cad. ...Read more

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Might echocardiogram detect a heart disease?

Might echocardiogram detect a heart disease?

Heart structure/func: It is an excellent test for detecting structural problems and can also be used to assess ventricular function, or the ability of the heart to pump blood effectively. A stress echocardiogram can be used as a screen for coronary disease, but echo does not actually show coronary artery anatomy well. ...Read more

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How reliable is a Cardiac CT for calcium scoring in determining whether someone has coronary artery disease or not? Thanks.

How reliable is a Cardiac CT for calcium scoring in determining whether someone has coronary artery disease or not? Thanks.

Well...: It is reliable, and it does NOT replace a stress test or if needed and angiogram... At your age coronaries should not have much calcium, and yet plaques unless they have calcium would not show. Your symptoms may not be cardiac but rather coming from the lungs... Seek medical attention soon!!! ...Read more

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Can a regular CT detect a blocked artery?

Can a regular CT detect a blocked artery?

Less likely: A regular ct not likely to pick up arterial disease. If this was a ct angiogram, higher chance of finding significant disease. If a ct calcium score, less likely, but still better chance to find arterial blockage. ...Read more

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What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

No lab tests: Coronary artery disease is mainly diagnosed by assessing one's. Cardiovascular risk as well as sorting out various symptoms. Lab tests to help here would be a full lipid panel as well as a CRP which is a marker of inflammation. These do not detect plaque but do help i risk analysis. D-dimmer is used for venous disease ie blood clots in legs or lungs. ...Read more

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What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

None: The sad reality is that there's no blood test for atherosclerosis. The d-dimer test most assuredly will not. An ultra sensitive c-reactive protein will address the probability of developing buildup but will not tell you if you have it. Electron beam ct which provides calcium score gets you closer but is not a blood test. Please read my comment:. ...Read more

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What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

What blood tests will detect coronary heart disease/ heart artery build up? Any tests? Would the d dimer test show?

Cholesterol: Lab tests do not detect impending heart disease.The risk factors for atherosclerosis and vascular disease could serve as markers of risk for cardiac disease. Elevated cholesterol and ldl, low hdl, increases triglycrides are usual risk factors. Other risk factors that are not lab tests are hypertension, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, lack of physical activity. D-dimer will not help. ...Read more

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Recent angiogram diagnose was:non obstructive coronary artery disease, how high is my risk to suffer a heart attack?

There is: disagreement about the risk factors associated with "non-obstructive" coronary DISEASE (ABNORMAL coronary arteries but without significant OBSTRUCTIVE lesions on ARTERIOGRAPHY/ANGIOGRAPHY Best practice is to use all the "tools" to prevent cor- onary events as patients with OBSTRUCTIVE disease... Smoking cessation, graded excercise, Cholesterol lowering etc etc Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Will coronary cta with calcium score show possible cause of caroited artery bruit?

Will coronary cta with calcium score show possible cause of caroited artery bruit?

Coronary CTA: Coronary cta looks at the coronary arteries. A carotid artery cta would look at the carotid. The coronary study would not normally include the carotid arteries in its imaging. ...Read more

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How would a defective heart valve be detected? Ecg?

How would a defective heart valve be detected? Ecg?

Exam/echocardiogram: First of all, a complete history and physical examination is essential. If a "defective heart valve" is suggested by history or evident on physical examination, an echocardiogram (ultrasound) should be obtained. ...Read more

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Can I get coronary artery disease after a heart transplant?

Can I get coronary artery disease after a heart transplant?

Yes: Yes, you can develop CAD after a heart transplant but the reasons are usually different. You'll probably be committed to a fairly healthy lifestyle after a heart transplant so the CAD isn't of the typical kind: i.e. Related to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, lifestyle, etc. It develops due to a chronic rejection by your immune system against the transplanted heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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. Rick Koch
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Coronary Artery Disease (Definition)

The leading cause of death and disability in adults in the U.S. It develops when lipid (fatty) plaques builds up in the arteries, thereby stopping blood flow to the organ supplied by that artery. If the artery supplies the heart, blockage causes a heart attack. If the blockage is in a brain vessel, the ...Read more