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Why is it loud and squeaky during an echocardiogram? What does the sound represent?

Why is it loud and squeaky during an echocardiogram? What does the sound represent?

Doppler: That is the doppler part of the echocardiogram. The sound represents the flow of blood. You could get an idea of what the pictures look like by listening to that sound. How loud the sound is and whether it occurs during systole or diastole would give you a clue for istance, but most people interpreting the study just look at the images and don't pay much attention to those sounds. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Echocardiogram (Definition)

Echo refers to reflections of sound waves, typically 0.5-10mhz, sent through a body structure, all variants of water density. Cardio refers to heart. Gram refers to a picture or graphical representation of the data. A form of us, these help see certain aspects of our hearts behavior/function, real-time in motion picture video. Quality & usefulness varies widely as ...Read more


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I am 27 yo Male, no previous heart condition. Dr. told me I have systolic murmur; sounds like 1.5/6. How soon should I get echocardiogram? Necessary?

I am 27 yo Male, no previous heart condition. Dr. told me I have systolic murmur; sounds like 1.5/6.  How soon should I get echocardiogram? Necessary?

Depends: Most heart murmurs are not anything to worry about and do not require an echocardiogram . If there is something else going on with your health that could cause a new heart valve problem, then your doctor would want to see an echocardiogram. It is probably best to sit down with your doctor, and gear what they think. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan which reported increased liver arterial pressure. I then had an echocardiogram which reported mild right atrium enlargement. Does this sound consistent with pulmonary hypertentsion? I have no other pulmonary symptoms such as difficulty

I had a CT scan which reported increased liver arterial pressure.  I then had an echocardiogram which reported mild right atrium enlargement.  Does this sound consistent with pulmonary hypertentsion?  I have no other pulmonary symptoms such as difficulty

Investigate more: Both of these could be signs of pulmonary hypertension, but could also be signs of liver problems, left heart failure, and so on. A right heart catheterization plus other testing of your heart and liver should be performed. See a pulmonologist who specializes in pulmonary hypertension to help make the diagnosis first. ...Read more

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How do you falsify an echocardiogram?

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 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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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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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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Why is an echocardiogram performed on a person?

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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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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Cardiac Echo (Definition)

Cardiac echo is a somewhat redundant term for "echocardiogram." during this painless procedure, harmless sound waves are passed into the chest and reflected back, providing a detailed image of the heart, measures of the flow of blood within it, and information about certain structures which surround ...Read more