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Dr. Rick Koch
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Echocardiogram (Overview)

Ultrasound evaluation of the heart.


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What does an echocardiogram do?

What does an echocardiogram do?

Images the heart: An echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves to deliver a set of moving images of the heart. It gives us a lot of information about the function (and the strength) of the heart, its valves and the blood flow through the chambers. ...Read more

Dr. Rick Koch
389 Doctors shared insights

Echocardiogram (Overview)

Ultrasound evaluation of the heart.


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What does a echocardiogram show?

What does a echocardiogram show?

Several things: The heart muscle, the valves, arteries such as the aorta, the four chambers of the heart, fluid around the heart if present, how hard the heart is contracting, whether it is too weak or too thick. ...Read more

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How does an echocardiogram function?

How does an echocardiogram function?

Doppler effect: The echocardiogram utilizes ultrasound and a principle called the doppler effect. Doppler effect means sound waves are reflected at different velocities and this information is electronically transformed to allow visualization of structural details and provide information about blood flow velocities. ...Read more

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How do you falsify an echocardiogram?

Not sure: What you mean. The ekg has two readings. The computer generated read is immediate and not always correct. Then an over read by a physician is made and agrees with or corrects and improves the accuracy of the reading. A wrong computer generated read is not a falsification but a weakness in the technology at this point. ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram look for?

What does an echocardiogram look for?

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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What is getting an echocardiogram like?

What is getting an echocardiogram like?

Echocardiogram: This is a non-invasive heart examination with ultrasound much like an obstetric ultrasound study except that it is directed at the heart. It is generally painless and involves no radiation exposure. Of all cardiac studies, it probably tells us more about cardiac structure and function than any other cardiac test. Don't worry about having one done! ...Read more

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When does someone need an echocardiogram?

When does someone need an echocardiogram?

Ask your Doctor: Echocardiogram is an ultrasound exam of your heart. It looks at the heart valves, heart muscles, blood vessels, and how they function. The exam is used when the doctor things there may be a problem with your heart muscle, valves, or blood vessels. There are too many indications to list, but your doctor or a cardiologist can determine if you should get one. ...Read more

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Can an echocardiogram be done incorrectly?

Yes: As is the case with any test, if it is not done properly the results can be misleading. The technician doing the test has to have certain skills or the test can be misleading or just not of good enough quality to give the information being looked for. "garbage in, garbage out" they say. ...Read more

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What is the function of an echocardiogram?

What is the function of an echocardiogram?

Looks at heart: An echocardiogram uses sound waves (sonar) to look at the structure and function of the heart. The strength of the heart muscle, size of the various heart chambers and the structure and function of the heart valves is determined. Damaged heart from a heart attack can be seen any any valves that are narrowed (stenosed) or leaky are easily seen. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what echocardiogram means?

Ultrasound of heart: An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound of the heart. Just like an ultrasound of a pregnant woman shows a real-time picture of the fetus, an echocardiogram shows a real-time picture of the heart. An echocardiogram can show if heart valves are abnormal, if the heart is thickened or dilated, how well the heart can pump, if there are any holes in the heart walls, and other heart problems. ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram technician do?

What does an echocardiogram technician do?

Performs the exam: The echocardiogram technician actually performs the echocardiographic exam. Most centers have a routine "complete" examination, but sometimes very specific procedures are necessary or requested by the physician. ...Read more

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Help, what to expect for an echocardiogram?

Help, what to expect for an echocardiogram?

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. The test is not uncomfortable and is painless. ...Read more

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What can you expect with an echocardiogram?

What can you expect with an echocardiogram?

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. The test is not uncomfortable and is painless. ...Read more

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Help, what to expect with an echocardiogram?

Help, what to expect with an echocardiogram?

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. The test is not uncomfortable and is painless. ...Read more

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What can make an echocardiogram hard to read?

What can make an echocardiogram hard to read?

Many Many Things: I do echos & have worked with many techs; heart echos are rarely easy; very dependant on the machine, person, tech, reader & commonly “read” rapidly, accepting inaccurate measurements & looking only for marked abnormality (the standard medical algorithm), not excellence of heart function. Sound will not penetrate ribs or lungs, images obtained usually off optimal angles; many options for ↓ quality. ...Read more

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When did echocardiogram start being performed?

1953: The original description of m-mode echocardiography in 1953, by inge edler (1911–2001) and his physicist friend hellmuth hertz, marked the beginning of this new diagnostic noninvasive technique
the 1st clinical application of diagnostic cardiac ultrasound was actually in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with pericardial effusion. ...Read more

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Why is an echocardiogram performed on a person?

It depends: Echocardiography is performed to provide information about the structure and function of the heart. It can provide information about structural abnormalities such as valve abnormalities and congenital defects. It is also helpful to determine how well the heart functions as well as pressures inside the heart. It can also be utilized to look for abnormalities of the aorta. ...Read more

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What is an echocardiogram and how is it helpful?

Ultrasound of heart: An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. It gives the cardiologist a lot of information about the function of the heart and its valves, the size of the different chambers and the flow of blood through the different chambers. It can be done from the surface of the chest or from inside the food pipe (esophagus). ...Read more

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How reliable is an echocardiogram for diagnosis?

Depends: It depends on what you are trying to diagnosis. It is obviously of no use in diagnosing appendicitis. For leakage or a block in a heart valve it is very reliable. Same as for measuring how hard the muscle is contracting or whether the heart chambers are enlarged. It also depends on technical issues. Less reliable if you are 400 pounds or have lung disease. ...Read more

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How much time does a complete echocardiogram take?

15-30 minutes: Depending on your physique, presence or absence of pathology, and the skill and schedule of the sonographer. ...Read more

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What to do if I got an echocardiogram as a female?

Should be fine: An echocardiogram is a dedicated comprehensive ultrasound focusing on the heart. It provides a rich array of information about the structure as well as function of the heart and heart valves. It requires no radiation nor contrast, therefore poses minimal risk to patient. I think you should be just fine having had this and look forward to the detailed results described above. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does "unremarkable" mean in an echocardiogram?

Likely normal: Often times unremarkable means likely normal or if no important medical consequences in medical jargon. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens in a echocardiogram?

Depends: Echocardiography can be done with an external probe (ultrasound) that is lubricated with scanning gel and positioned at various points on your chest to view the heart. Better images can be obtained with trans esophageal echo which requires passage of a probe on a flexible scope like handle down your esophagus under sedation as an outpatient procedure. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to expect for an echocardiogram?

Please tell me what to expect for an echocardiogram?

No pain: It doesn't hurt. There's no prep. There's no radiation. It takes about 20 minutes. ...Read more

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How long should it take to get back my echocardiogram?

1-2 days: Most are read on day performed unless its a mobile outreach situation. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I had WMSI=2 on my echocardiogram?

WMSI is: Peak wall motion score index. It is used to predict the risk of future cardiac events. Normal=1. A WMSI of 2 indicates significant wall motion abnormalities and increased risk of cardiac events. Talk to your cardiologists about the results. ...Read more

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