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Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the heart with each heart beat. The electrodes are placed in different positions, and each position "sees" the electrical activity of the heart from its own vantage point. Abnormalities in signal detected at chest surface ...Read more
Lower than normal: Normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ranges from 55-70%. LVEF of 65, for example, means that 65% of the total amount of blood in the left ventricle is pumped out with each heartbeat. LVEF may be lower when the heart muscle has become damaged due to a heart attack, heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), or other causes. ...Read more
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I had a positive reading from a bubble echo cardiogram can you please tell me what exactly this means?
Hole in heart?: Micro bubbles are generally used to detect shunts ( a hole ) between the right and left side of the heart. However, bubble studies can also detect pulmonary shunts and define endocardial borders. I am guessing your study was done to detect whether or not you had an atrial septal defect. Such a defect can lead to abnormal pressures and can contribute to stroke. ...Read more
MFC: Reviewing the literature on this interesting concept. It does not have a large amount of literature or penetration into mainstream medicine. It is an predictor of presence or absence of coronary artery obstruction with similar claimed sensitivity and specificity to tests in wider use. Should discuss with your doctor whether you need some form of testing for cad. ...Read more
Echo: An echocardiogram is a study which helps a physician see the structure of the heart and its function. It is done by applying gel on your chest and then placing a wand on the chest (just like when a woman gets an ultrasound when pregnant). It is usally performed in people in whom the physician suspects congenital heart defects, chf, or other heart abnormalities. ...Read more
What is a multifunction cardiogram (MCG)? How does it differ from an ECG? Also, what are the benefits of an MCG?
More sensitive : uses ekg technology and is more sensitive for picking up ischemia and infarction compared with traditional ekgs. Studies have compared it with stress testing and other physiological tests and are promising. It analyzes 2 leads (v5 and II) for 82 seconds and a computer database with 40,000 pts are used as a reference. The analysis is performed by a computer and the result is sent back to doctor. ...Read more
I am experiencing an odd sensation on my left side. It is not painful, more of a heavy sensation. Had mri. No problems, nor with echo cardiogram?
Cause: See your personal provider to further evaluate the cause. Cardiac, muscular or intestinal are the most common causes. ...Read more
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