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Does an echocardiogram show clogged arteries?

Does an echocardiogram show clogged arteries?

Rarely: One can sometimes on a technically good study see portions of the coronary arteries. The oringin of the left main coronary artery for instance is not uncommonly seen. There are at the present time much better tests to visualize ther coronary arteries. One can see the results of the clogged artery, (a non-moving or poorly moving part of the heart muscle related to a blockage.). ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Echocardiogram (Definition)

Echo refers to reflections of sound waves, typically 0.5-10mhz, sent through a body structure, all variants of water density. Cardio refers to heart. Gram refers to a picture or graphical representation of the data. A form of us, these help see certain aspects of our hearts behavior/function, real-time in motion picture video. Quality & usefulness varies widely as ...Read more


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I have a nuclear stress test coming. If it's negative can I be sure I dont have clogged arteries? Also does it show ef better than echo

I have a nuclear stress test coming. If it's negative can I be sure I dont have clogged arteries? Also does it show ef better than echo

Test value: The nuclear study gives information about perfusion(blood delivery)to various parts of the heart. You may still have blockages but your body can compensate by growing collateral vessels so that a single blockage may not affect overall blood supply to an area. The study is also helpful in giving ejection fraction information but usually correlates fairly to echo but may be more precise ...Read more

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Does act angiography show all blockages to the heart like clogged arteries anywhere and everywhere?

Does act angiography show all blockages to the heart like clogged arteries anywhere and everywhere?

CTA: CT angiography shows vessel status in the vascular bed(s) which are imaged in the specific test. If it isn't in the field studied, it won't appear in the study. ...Read more

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Does a chest CT show clogged arteries in heart? Any useful heart information?

Does a chest CT show clogged arteries in heart? Any useful heart information?

It depends what: kind of chest CT. Cardiac CT is designed specifically to look at that. If you are talking about a standard chest CT, visualization of atheroscerotic calcifications in the coronary arteries are an indicator of coronary artery disease, which can prompt further diagnostic work up, but in and of itself does not provide an assessment of the degree of stenosis. ...Read more

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I had a positive stress echocardiogram so they told me it reflected angina but my angiogram shows no blocked arteries what does it mean?

I had a positive stress echocardiogram   so they told me it reflected angina but my angiogram shows no blocked arteries what does it mean?

It means : You don't have large coronary artery disease. But the the smaller arteries not seen on angio could be ischemic and may explain your system. Or your heart condition is not not from an ischemic cause which would also explain the normal angio and abnormal echo. ...Read more

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Would an echocardiogram and stress test show if there was a blockage or problem in the carotid arteries?

Would an echocardiogram and stress test show if there was a blockage or problem in the carotid arteries?

No: U need bilateral carotid ultrasound study to evaluate carotid artery disease or blockage. An echocardiogram will evaluate functional and structural anatomy of the heart, while a stress test show the functional capacity of the heart. ...Read more

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How are hardening of the arteries & clogged arteries. Different?

How are hardening of the arteries & clogged arteries. Different?

Arteries: Hardening of arteries- means loss of elasticity of the arteries. Mostly it is due to arterial calfication or sclerosis or atherosclerosis. Blocked arteries- it is blockage of arteries either from calfic deposits or cholesterol deposits or both. ...Read more

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What are the signs of clogged arteries in the heart?

What are the signs of clogged arteries in the heart?

Usually pain: A clogged artery in the heart prevents oxygen from being delivered to the heart muscle. This will cause pain especially when the heart is being stressed as during exercise or in cold weather. The pain is usually experienced as squeezing or pressure and can be present in the chest, neck, back, or arm. A person may also get sweaty and feel short of breath. ...Read more

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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a condition in which a person has build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the walls of his arteries. Over the years, these substances build-up to form hardened spots called plaques, which can break off pieces of itself and clog arteries downstream ...Read more


Dr. Rick Koch
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Cardiac Echo (Definition)

Cardiac echo is a somewhat redundant term for "echocardiogram." during this painless procedure, harmless sound waves are passed into the chest and reflected back, providing a detailed image of the heart, measures of the flow of blood within it, and information about certain structures which surround ...Read more