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Dr. Stacy Yamasaki
Board Certified, Radiology
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Does insurance cover echocardiograms?

Dr. Stacy Yamasaki
Board Certified, Radiology
29 years in practice
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Does insurance cover echocardiograms?

Maybe: You need to contact your insurance company and see if your benefits cover the exam. Most will, but how much they will pay for and what you will need to pay varies. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. George Mathew
Board Certified, Cardiology
53 years in practice
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Do routine transthoratric echocardiograms use doppler and colour?

Dr. George Mathew
Board Certified, Cardiology
53 years in practice
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Do routine transthoratric echocardiograms use doppler and colour?

Yes: Routine transthoracic 2decho uses colour-doppler.

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Liviu Klein
Board Certified, Cardiology
18 years in practice
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What can a echocardiogram detect in a healthy-looking teenager?

Dr. Liviu Klein
Board Certified, Cardiology
18 years in practice
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What can a echocardiogram detect in a healthy-looking teenager?

Different things: It can detect any congenital (inborn) abnormalities of the heart muscle, valves or blood vessels. It's a mon invasive routine test that a physician would order if the physical exam reveals a murmur or the ECG looks suspicious or the teenager had symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Can an echocardiogram be done incorrectly?

Dr. Louis Grenzer
Board Certified, Cardiology
50 years in practice
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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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Dr. Rick Koch
Board Certified, Cardiology
17 years in practice
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How long should it take to get back my echocardiogram?

Dr. Rick Koch
Board Certified, Cardiology
17 years in practice
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1-2 days: Most are read on day performed unless its a mobile outreach situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Stern
Board Certified, Cardiology
41 years in practice
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Do echocardiograms show heart strength?

Dr. Mark Stern
Board Certified, Cardiology
41 years in practice
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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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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Board Certified, Cardiology
18 years in practice
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What does an echocardiogram do?

Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Board Certified, Cardiology
18 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Anita Prakash
Board Certified, Cardiology
24 years in practice
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On my echocardiogram, it says "EF (Teich): 72.8%". What does this mean please?

Dr. Anita Prakash
Board Certified, Cardiology
24 years in practice
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Very normal: Teich is the abbreviation of Teicholz method; scientist who came up with calculation using US to estimate left ventricle ejection fraction. Any number above 55% is typically considered normal. So this basically means your main pumping chamber in the heart is functioning normally with effective forward flow. ...Read more

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Dr. Cynthia Thaik
Board Certified, Cardiology
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When did echocardiogram start being performed?

Dr. Cynthia Thaik
Board Certified, Cardiology
26 years in practice
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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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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Board Certified, Cardiology
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What does a echocardiogram show?

Dr. Louis Grenzer
Board Certified, Cardiology
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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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