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Does an echocardiogram tell everything thats is wrong with the heart?

Does an echocardiogram tell everything thats is wrong with the heart?

NO: Echocardiography can tell a lot about heart function, valvular function and motion, it can also tell about fluid around the heart .But it may not tell exactly about narrowing or the coronary arteries as well as completely diagnosed congenital heart disease and grade of the shunt. ...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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Does an echocardiogram tell everything thats is majorly dangerously wrong with the heart?

Does an echocardiogram tell everything thats is majorly dangerously wrong with the heart?

Not at all: It can't see narrowed or blocked coronary arteries or electrical shortcuts or arhythmias. ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram tell about your heart?

A bundle!: Size, shape, function ( how well the muscle squeezes) and valve structure and leakage. Can also get info about pressures. ...Read more

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Can an echocardiogram tell if you have inflammation of a major heart valve?

Can an echocardiogram tell if you have inflammation of a major heart valve?

No: An echocardiogram can tell valve "leakiness", valve "stenosis" and other structural abnormalities such as cholesterol build up, "healed" scar from prior infection, or "prolapse", cannot really tell "inflammation". ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram detect? I know it’s for diagnosing heart disease, but what kind? Can it tell if I have blocked arteries or damage from a heart attack?

What does an echocardiogram detect? I know it’s for diagnosing heart disease, but what kind? Can it tell if I have blocked arteries or damage from a heart attack?

Echo: Echocardiogram detects how well the heart is working by calculating an ejection fraction of how much blood it is pumping out. It can also detect valve abnormalities and if certain portions of the heart are functioning properly. I will not see blocked arteries. That is a coronary angiogram. ...Read more

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Can an echocardiogram tell a doctor if someone is at risk for an aortic dissection? Such as an enlarged heart or enlargement of aorta?

Can an echocardiogram tell a doctor if someone is at risk for an aortic dissection? Such as an enlarged heart or enlargement of aorta?

Yes: The dissection is a gradual process over years, the size of the dilation of the artery and its rate of change and somewhat its deformity clearly correlate with risk and a normal sized one doesn't have risk. ...Read more

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Im 23 I have GAD depression and anxiety I've had 13 Ekgs an echocardiogram chest xray all fine but I still think something is wrong with my heart?

Im 23 I have GAD depression and anxiety I've had  13 Ekgs an echocardiogram chest xray all fine but I still think something is wrong with my heart?

Unlikely: Given you age as well as your GAD, it is unlikely that your chest discomfort is due to your heart. You have also had a pretty extensive work up for such a young person. Please seek help with cognitive behavioral therapy as well as maybe medication. Wish you the best. ...Read more

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I had an echocardiogram in Febuary 2013, doctor said everything looked great. What is the chance of me now having heart issues? Thanks!

I had an echocardiogram in Febuary 2013, doctor said everything looked great. What is the chance of me now having heart issues? Thanks!

Speculation?: Are you asking us to speculate without sharing any interim health or symptoms? If you have no new symptoms and are living well then at 32 years old there is no reason to even be at the doctor's office let alone worrying about your heart. The thirties are the least risky decade for health in male's lives. Go enjoy and stop worrying. ...Read more

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Do echocardiograms show heart strength?

Do echocardiograms show heart strength?

Yes: Yes, a good quality echocardiogram can show how the heart muscle is contracting and even give an estimate of the ejection fraction. ...Read more

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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