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When is a fetal echocardiogram important?

When is a fetal echocardiogram important?

Suspected problems: If you ob/gyn doctor or maternal fetal medicine specialist recommend a fetal echocardiogram, it is usually because they suspect some sort of malformation in the fetuses heart, lungs, etc. It may be because they notice something on a prior ultrasound, or they just want to be safe/cautious if you are at a higher risk of having a baby with a congenital heart problem.

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Fetal echocardiogram performed this morning. What does that show and not show about the heart?

Fetal echocardiogram performed this morning. What does that show and not show about the heart?

Fetal echocardiogram: A fetal echocardiogram shows the structures of the heart such as the walls, the atria, ventricles and the valves. It is used to look for abnormalities of the valves or other congenital abnormalities such as an atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect.

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I had a fetal echocardiogram and the image on the screen showed a lot of yellow, red, blue. What does that mean?

I had a fetal echocardiogram and the image on the screen showed a lot of yellow, red, blue. What does that mean?

Not much: You probably saw doppler signals - images of how sounds travel through the tissue as seen from the ultrasound probe. As long as the echocardiogram was ok, no need to worry about colors.

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Can you have echocardiography on the fetus?

Can you have echocardiography on the fetus?

Yes: A fetal echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the fetal heart, done through the mother's abdomen.

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What will fetal echocardiography be like?

What will fetal echocardiography be like?

An ultrasound: A fetal echocardiogram is just a detailed ultrasound of your baby's heart. The ultrasound will be done with the ultrasound transducer on your abdomen, using a lot of gel. It may take 30-60 minutes for the ultrasonographer to take all the pictures that he or she needs.

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Difference between echocardiography and fetal echo?

Difference between echocardiography and fetal echo?

Adult and fetal: A fetal "echo" means a fetal echocardiogram. This is a detailed ultrasound of the fetus' heart, and it is done through the mother's abdomen. An adult can have an echocardiogram as well. It is either done through the chest wall, or with a special transducer that goes down the adult's esophagus ("transesophageal") to get closer pictures of the person's heart.

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What is the difference between a fetal targeted ultrasound and an echocardiography?

What is the difference between a fetal targeted ultrasound and an echocardiography?

MFM vs. Ped/cards.: Maternal-fetal medicine specialists can perform and interpret targeted fetal cardiac examinations and fetal echos with up to 75% detection rate. Pediatric cardiologists can perform fetal echos with up to 95% detection rate.

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Does an echocardiogram check for heart rhythm problems as well as structural problems, or is it limited to just picture view/structural?

Yes and No: An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart, that specifically evaluates heart structure and function. The heart rhythm is monitored during the study to see heart rate, but this is not a test to specifically evaluate rhythm. The best test for that is an ekg (electrocardiogram) or holter monitor, which you wear for 1-2 days to monitor rhythm.

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Is 3.8 CM upper normal limit for mid ascending aorta (in adults) when measured by cardiac MRI and 3.7 CM when measured by echocardiogram?If no, what is

Is 3.8 CM upper normal limit for mid ascending aorta (in adults) when measured by cardiac MRI and 3.7 CM when measured by echocardiogram?If no, what is

BSA: Those numbers are in the ballpark of the upper limit of normal, but the best answer depends on body surface area. The upper end of normal is different depending on how heavy and how tall a person is. While 3.7 cm may be normal for one person, particularly if they are tall, it may be enlarged for another person, particularly if they are short.

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Does insurance cover echocardiograms?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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