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Echo Heart Ultrasound
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
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
No: Never says never, I guess but it's a very simple, harmless procedure. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Evaluation 4 defects:
Detailed evaluation of the fetal heart.
Experienced centers can detect >90% of all fetal cardiac anonalies with fetal echocardiogram. It is a targeted examination that lasts ~1 hour; it is an expensive test. A comprehensive sonogram by a maternal-fetal medicine doctor should be your first step before being referred to the pediatric cardiologists to perform the fetal echo. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Echo: You lay on a table and a technician moves a probe painlessly over your chest. ...Read more
Usually not: As a cardiology fellow who has seen hundreds of these procedures, the breasts were covered with a towel as certain areas have to be accessible to get the right image. For example to get a good apical 4 chanber, you will be asked to lean on your left side and probe will be under your left breast in ribs. A bra makes that difficult. Please ask your cardiologist any questions/cobcerns you have. ...Read more
Echocardiogram: A heart ultrasound or echocardiogram is a study thereby the heart's anatomy is assessed. It also contributes to the assessment of heart's function (contractility). It usually reveals structural problems such as valvular disease, muscular abnormalities (heart failure) and presence of other anatomical diseases (tumors, fluid collections, narrowing or "holes" etc.). ...Read more
What to do if I am getting a heart ultrasound to look into some odd heart at the back of the heart?
No preparation: Transthoracic echocardiography (ultrasound study of the heart done from the chest) needs no preparation. It is a very safe study without significant discomfort. Transesophageal study should be done fasting. If having the latter, full discussion and explantation is needed prior to study. ...Read more
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
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