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What is a fetal heart ultrasound?

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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Nicu wants echo cardiography for heart enlargement of baby. So worried?

Nicu wants echo cardiography for heart enlargement of baby. So worried?

Relax.: Let the pediatric cardiologists evaluate your newborn's heart with echo before freaking out; a large heart may be nothing but a variation of normal. ...Read more

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Doppler ultrasound safe for fetus?

Doppler ultrasound safe for fetus?

Doppler ultrasound: A doppler ultrasound is used to measure flow. It uses sound waves and doesn't hurt the fetus at all. ...Read more

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Is a cardiac doppler echo/ tte accurate if performed correctly for finding physical malformations that cause murmur?

High accuracy: For investigation of the possible causes of a heart murmur, a properly performed transthoracic echocardiogram will have high accuracy as long as the imaging windows are good. If the echocardiogram is normal and the quality of images obtained is good, no further investigation is required. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How good is a cardiolite study for detecting potential heart attack?

How good is a cardiolite study for detecting potential heart attack?

Stress thallium: The study is made to look at the possibility of clogged arteries in the heart that can be more discernible with exercise or stress. If distribution of dye is poorer in some areas, these have to be defined with angiogram to be able to treat them. If there is diffuse disease and equalization, it can miss. If there are collaterals the area would still look good. It is not to predict mi, only vessels. ...Read more

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Echocardiogram, CT heart scan or cardiac mri. What does each one test for and how accurate are they? Holter results less than 1% of beats pacs an pvcs

Echocardiogram, CT heart scan or cardiac mri. What does each one test for and how accurate are they? Holter results less than 1% of beats pacs an pvcs

Imaging tests: Echo uses sound waves to image cardiac structure and function. Ct scan uses computerized x-ray examination to do similar imaging and MRI uses yet another technology. Echo gives real time wall motion imaging while the other two are almost real time. They are all very accurate and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. We choose depending on what specifically we need in information. ...Read more

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How accurate is a cardiac MRI and MRA done using IV gadolinium? Checking for asd vsd and any other hole in the heart?

How accurate is a cardiac MRI and MRA done using IV  gadolinium? Checking for asd vsd and any other hole in the heart?

Tests: The question is not as simple as you might think. We have multiple tests available, how good the test result is depends on the lab doing it, the equipment and many other factors. Your Doc should be quite familiar with the form of testing the Doc is comfortable with in your area. MRI/MRA is a good imaging technique in proficient hands. TEE and CT are also good techniques, discuss with your Doc ...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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Tetralogy of fallot diagnosed in fetus? How accurate is scan?

Tetralogy of fallot diagnosed in fetus? How accurate is scan?

Fairly accurate: In experienced centers, a fetal diagnosis of tetralogy of fallot should be reasonably accurate, although some of the specific anatomic details that may have an impact on the timing and type of surgical approach may not be readily apparent until after birth. ...Read more

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What heart tests are done before a decision for a heart cath .Ive had several . EKG, stressecho, Ct score, lexiscan, echo, 21 day monitor. All normal?

What heart tests are  done before a decision for a heart cath .Ive had several . EKG, stressecho, Ct score, lexiscan, echo, 21 day monitor. All normal?

Risk: A heart cath is an invasive procedure with small but definite risks including stroke, heart attack, and death. The risk is well worth taking if non-invasive tests suggest serious disease, but it is never done because of curiosity or to satisfy a whim without good reason. ...Read more

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What does dilated fetal kidneys with normal amniotic fluid mean for a second trimester fetus?

What does dilated fetal kidneys with normal amniotic fluid mean for  a second trimester fetus?

No big deal.: Detecting renal problems by fetal ultrasound is very accurate and efficient because it can prevent serious complications postnatally. Fetal renal pyelectasis or even hydronephrosis is nothing to worry about, provided the amniotic fluid is monitored and remains normal. The neonatology team should be notified at birth to institute appropriate follow-up for the newborn; monthly ultrasounds are needed. ...Read more

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What is a non-reassuring fetal heart rate tracing?

Babies tell us a lot: Monitoring a fetus by fetal hr, ultrasound or the expectant woman's perception of activity is important. No one test can tell us everything we need to know, but together they can tell us which babies might be better off delivered. If a baby is near term and the testing is worrisome then obstetric specialists or subspecialists might deliver. But conditions can change. Plus every case is different. ...Read more

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Can abnormal heart rhythms be detected with weekly fetal monitoring?

Can abnormal heart rhythms be detected with weekly fetal monitoring?

Often: If the arrhythmia is intermittent, it may be difficult to detect with weekly monitoring. Most of the significant fetal arrhythmias are sustained and should be detected by an examination that includes an assessment of fetal heart rate and rhythm. ...Read more

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Can a fetal doppler detect womb sounds, maternal heart beat, and umbilical cord (abdomen the size of a 26 week pregnancy) with a pseudo pregnancy. ?

Can a fetal doppler detect womb sounds, maternal heart beat, and umbilical cord (abdomen the size of a 26 week pregnancy) with a pseudo pregnancy.  ?

Fetal doppler...: ...Can detect any movement of blood in the body, but with a false pregnancy, all the doppler rhythms should be at the same rate as the woman's heartbeat. Fetal heartbeat tends to be much faster so if you find that, the pregnancy is probably real. ...Read more

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Doppler or echo better for detecting aortic regurgitation?

Doppler or echo better for detecting aortic regurgitation?

Aortic regurg & echo: Echocardiography (echo) is an ultrasound machine used to evaluate the heart including the valves. Doppler is part of the exam that includes both color flow and pulse wave. These help the md assess the degree of leaking of the valve based on various measurements. Usually rated as mild, moderate, or severe. Usually, only when severe does something need to be done. ...Read more

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Is there an earlier pregnancy scan available to scan for twins?

Is there an earlier pregnancy scan available to scan for twins?

Earlier Than What?: An ultrasound scan at 7 wks will show twins, if present. Results any earlier could be equivocal. ...Read more

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What are good results for a fetal fibronectin measurement?

What are good results for a fetal fibronectin measurement?

Negative.: Feal fibronectin is a protein that should not be detected at the cervix - unless labor/delivery is impending. Negative ffn has been used to reassure women and obstetricians that delivery is not likely within a week in cases of preterm labor. Most mfm experts doubt its clinical usefulness, as most of the time it is the maternal cervical examination and not the ffn that dictates medical management. ...Read more

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