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Echocardiogram Vs Angiogram
I had a positive stress echocardiogram so they told me it reflected angina but my angiogram shows no blocked arteries what does it mean?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I am having a brain angiogram on tues I am worried about a reaction to the dye used please advise thanks.
I have aneurysms in my abdomen. Since July they the have grown. I am 43, female. Dr is suggesting possible angiogram. Thoughts??
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
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
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
Angiogram: Less than 1% risk of clot, bruising, arrhythmia, bleeding. Discuss with your physician to determine if the benefit of the procedure is greater than the risk. That is the best question to ask on any test performed. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
No pain: It doesn't hurt. There's no prep. There's no radiation. It takes about 20 minutes. ...Read more
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