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What is a heart ultrasound used for?

What is a heart ultrasound used for?

Or Echocardiogram: Is a noninvasive way to evaluate overall heart size and function as well as valve function. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

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


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If I have a heart ultrasound, do I have to be topless?

If I have a heart ultrasound, do I have to be topless?

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

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Has anyone ever died during a heart ultrasound before?

Has anyone ever died during a heart ultrasound before?

No: Never says never, I guess but it's a very simple, harmless procedure. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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 more

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What happens at fetal heart ultrasound?

What happens at fetal heart ultrasound?

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

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What's a heart ultrasound for?

What's a heart ultrasound for?

Echocardiogram: A heart ultrasound (echocardiogram) uses sound waves to evaluate the structure and function of the heart. It can discover congenital defects, valve disease, evaluate function, and look for evidence of infection. ...Read more

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How does a heart ultrasound work?

How does a heart ultrasound work?

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

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What does a heart ultrasound check?

What does a heart ultrasound check?

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

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Can heart ultrasound show heart damage?

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 more

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Having a heart ultrasound. Who does it?

Having a heart ultrasound. Who does it?

Echo tech: It is performed by a licensed technician and interpreted by a cardiologist in nearly every instance...Some programs are "accredited" & must meet strict criteria. ...Read more

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What diagnoses can a heart ultrasound make?

What diagnoses can a heart ultrasound make?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. ...Read more

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Getting a heart ultrasound. What can I expect?

Getting a heart ultrasound. What can I expect?

Painless test: That takes about 45 minutes performed while laying down on left side. You will be asked to hold your breath for brief period of time by technologist occasionally. ...Read more

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Please tell me what happens when getting a heart ultrasound?

Please tell me what happens when getting a heart ultrasound?

Echo: You lay on a table and a technician moves a probe painlessly over your chest. ...Read more

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Will I at least be able to wear a bra when I have my heart ultrasound?

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

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Need to see if anything wrong with my heart so what's a heart ultrasound?

Need to see if anything wrong with my heart so what's a heart ultrasound?

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

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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

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What is a fetal heart ultrasound?

Fetal echocardiogram: A fetal echocardiogram is a specialized ultrasound of the fetal heart, usually only done when there is an increased risk of a heart defect in the fetus. It is a detailed look at lots of different parts of a baby's heart anatomy and function. ...Read more

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What all does a heart ultrasound and stress test detect?

What all does a heart ultrasound and stress test detect?

Tests: A heart ultrasound, or a fetal echo, is used to examine whether the fetal heart is normal structurally or not. A stress test, or a non-stress test, is a test of fetal well being. A stress test gives mother contractions and monitors the fetal heart during the test. A non-stress test monitors the fetal heart rate with fetal activity. ...Read more

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Would a fetal heart ultrasound find all problems if there were any?

Would a fetal heart ultrasound find all problems if there were any?

Depends.: Depending on maternal bmi, gestational age, number of fetuses, fibroids, fetal position, machine used, duration of the examination, examiner experience and amniotic fluid volume - prenatal sonography can pick up 20-70% of all fetal heart defects. Fetal echocardiography should detect >90% of such defects, but there are not enough pediatric cardiologists interested in fetal echo around to try that. ...Read more

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It common to ask the doctor for a heart ultrasound?

It common to ask the doctor for a heart ultrasound?

It depends: It depends on what symptoms you are having. If you feel your heart isn't working properly, you should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What all does a heart ultrasound, holter and heart stress test detect?

What all does a heart ultrasound, holter and heart stress test detect?

Many things.: The echocardiogram or heart ultrasound, gives an accurate picture of the heart's anatomy. An ekg demonstrates the cardiac rhythm. A holter moniters the cardiac rhythm over time- say 12 or 24 hours. These measure different aspects of heart function and are helpful in assessing heart function thoroughly. ...Read more

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If I had a heart ultrasound and ECG would they show many major problems?

If I had a heart ultrasound and ECG would they show many major problems?

Data: The combination of ECG and cardiac ultrasound would give evidence for state of cardiac rhythm and cardiac anatomy and function. It is a combination of many of the things we want to know about someones heart. ...Read more

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Calcium deposits on fetal heart ultrasound what does it mean?

Calcium deposits on fetal heart ultrasound what does it mean?

Calcium Deposits: Your question is not clear. Where are these deposits located? Please provide all information to get correct answer. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to have a heart ultrasound while having a panic or anxiety disorder?

Is it a good idea to have a heart ultrasound while having a panic or anxiety disorder?

Ultrasound: Ad long as panic under control with treatment. In fact, ultrasound is used to rule out mitral valve prolapse, a concomitant finding on ultrasound in small percentage on panic disorder which reverts to normal when panic is treated. ...Read more

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My sister is 44. Doctor did heart ultrasound and told her she has slightly Weak heart. What does it mean?

My sister is 44. Doctor did heart ultrasound and told her she has slightly Weak heart. What does it mean?

Ejection fraction: Likely, he/she was referring to the ejection fraction. This is a measure of the heart's strength & is always reported in echo reports. Normal is 55% or more. If the number is low, there are many causes and, with treatment, may improve. She should take medication prescribed and follow the advice given. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Echocardiogram (Definition)

Ultrasound ...Read more