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How come i need a echocardiogram, after having a angiogram?

How come i need a echocardiogram, after having a angiogram?

The: Angiogram does a great job of telling us the degree of occlusion within the heart blood vessels. The echo however gives us information about the muscle and valve function. These two things together are needed for the best care. ...Read more

Angiogram (Definition)

An angiogram is a picture of the inside of ones blood vessel (vein or artery) created by injecting a clear liquid (radiopaque dye) which appears to be white (or ...Read more


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I had a positive stress echocardiogram so they told me it reflected angina but my angiogram shows no blocked arteries what does it mean?

I had a positive stress echocardiogram   so they told me it reflected angina but my angiogram shows no blocked arteries what does it mean?

It means : You don't have large coronary artery disease. But the the smaller arteries not seen on angio could be ischemic and may explain your system. Or your heart condition is not not from an ischemic cause which would also explain the normal angio and abnormal echo. ...Read more

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How accurate is Echocardiogram for finding ischemic heart disease ?Had a clear angiogram 2012.

How accurate is Echocardiogram for finding  ischemic heart disease ?Had a clear angiogram 2012.

Not so great. : An echocardiogram may show if you had a heart attack in the past; but will not reveal if you currently at risk for a heart attack. You'd need a stress test and/or another angiogram. ...Read more

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Rate related (fast palpitations when starting to run)left bbb in 32 year old.Low cholesterol. Echocardiogram fine. Awaiting CT angiogram.Serious?

Rate related (fast palpitations when starting to run)left bbb in 32 year old.Low cholesterol. Echocardiogram fine. Awaiting CT angiogram.Serious?

Betting you're fine: Many people are born with a left bundle branch block that means nothing. And many folks' hearts pound when they start to run. For me, the most important thing is that you're fitness-focused. The cardiology team is doing it's job and covering its bases. I'd bet on you as someone who'll be healthy into late old age. ...Read more

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Son, 32, has palpitations on exertion. Ecg =left bbb, normal cholesterol level and echocardiogram normal.Awaiting CT cardio angiogram.How bad? Thanks.

Son, 32, has palpitations on exertion. Ecg =left bbb, normal cholesterol level and echocardiogram normal.Awaiting CT cardio angiogram.How bad? Thanks.

Stay fit: I'm simply glad he's exercising & hope he keeps it up. Many people have a left bundle branch block for no reason -- i think it's a minor developmental variant. I'm also going to assume that these are common palpitations and there's no reason to think it's a channelopathy or v-tach. Trusting he's not overdoing caffeine. I'm betting no cause will be found and that these will not be a problem. ...Read more

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Should everyone have a stress test and how long are test like stress, echocardiograms and angiograms good for? I had this complete work-up in 2008 and the impression was no visible coronary heart disease. Yet said the patient does have diastolic dysfunc

Not everyone needs: Stress test echocardiograms and angiograms give a lot of information but do not predict everybody who goes on to have disease. Not everyone has a gradual reduction in vessel size. Some people will form a clot that can occurr in minutes leading to heart attack. Keep cholesterol's under control, blood pressure monitored, diabetes treated, don't smoke and keep your weight down and should be ok. ...Read more

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I had an angiogram.A week ago now I am feeling numbness in my thigh. Is this normal?

I had an angiogram.A week ago now I am feeling numbness in my thigh. Is this normal?

likely transient: The catheter enters a femoral blood vessel in the inguinal region, where there are cutaneous nerves providing sensation. Since the insertion involves a small incision, the local nerves can be temporarily injured, but should recover fully within 4 weeks. Check with your doctor if this does not reverse. ...Read more

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I am getting an angiogram, but the hospital can't perform an angioplasty, if needed. Is it better to change to a hospital where they do both?

I am getting an angiogram, but the hospital can't perform an angioplasty, if needed.  Is it better to change to a hospital where they do both?

Yes: If there is a blockage is found during angiogram, it can often be treated during the same procedure, with angioplasty and/or stent placement. This can eliminate the necessity of a second procedure. There are risks associated with the procedure which you should understand prior to proceeding. ...Read more

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I have an angiogram coming up, I am so scared as it is my first procedure. What can I do to calm my self. Ease my mind please!?

Worrying: Worrying about the unknown can cause anticipation anxiety. Strategies include: Exercise, yoga, Meditation, focus on here and now, develop an action plan, build social support, plan for procedure, educate yourself, focus on what you can do and can control. Free Apps: 1)MyCalmBeat, 2)StressCheck, 3)TacticalBreather, 4)LifeArmor, 5)Breathe2Relax, 6)BioZen, 7) BinauralBeats 8)InstantHeartRate ...Read more

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Hello sir, I am an Indian , 36 yrs old male, 4 years back had Acute myocardial infraction subsequently tested with Angiogram dye penetration method, -?

Acute MI: If you had acute myocardial infarction, its possible that you doctor might have recommended/performed coronary angiogram to see if you have severe blockage in any artery around the heart. If there was severe blockage, they would have recommended for stent or surgery. However, your question is incomplete. What do you want to know? ...Read more

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Why am I not allowed to eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to a coronary angiogram?

Why am I not allowed to eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to a coronary angiogram?

Angiogram: Prior to any procedure that requires sedation patients are asked to not eat so to avoid aspiration of food or liquid contents and in the rare chance if urgent surgery with ventialtion support the contents of your stomach will not again cause aspiration related problems. ...Read more

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I am having a brain angiogram on tues I am worried about a reaction to the dye used please advise thanks.

I am having a brain angiogram on tues I am worried about a reaction to the dye used please advise thanks.

Brain angio: If your kidney function is normal, the likely chances of kidney issues after an angiogram is very low. Contrast dye can affect the kidneys but you will receive an IV fir fluid hydration. ...Read more

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Is an angiogram painful?

Is an angiogram painful?

No: No, they use numbing medicine like when you go to the dentist. ...Read more

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How is an angiogram performed?

Invasive exam: A needle is used to blood vessel in the groin or arm. This is used as access site to other blood vessels with a catheter. ...Read more

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Why is an angiogram performed?

Why is an angiogram performed?

Diagnosis: An angiogram is an invasive diagnostic test, perfomed in a catheterization laboratory using fluoroscopy (the x-ray) and an injected contrast dye to evaluate the vasular system. It is possible to perform angiograms for different parts of the body, such as the left and/or right heart, the aorta, selective veins such as the subclavian, the renal artery and peripheral angiograms (the limbs) as well. ...Read more

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How much does it costs for angiograms?

Thousands up to 20x: Angiogram means blood picture; pictures show a 2d image, still or motion, of dye added into the blood, so that the dye/blood column shows on x-ray. The equipment required to perform is expensive (100k to 4m) & experience required to perform then reasonably safely is high (translate that more money). I have seen client bills: only hospital charges, out-pt <1 day, procedures i did in past, over $30k. ...Read more

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What should I expect from having an angiogram done?

Before & After: Before: no eating or drinking 4-8 hours before procedure. Stop Aspirin or blood thinners several days before the test. Be sure to pee! after: you will wait several hours in the recovery room. Bring music or reading. Have someone drive you home because the sedative/relaxing medicine may make you loopy for awhile. Wishing you well. ...Read more

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