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How do I interpret echo-cardiogram results?

How do I interpret echo-cardiogram results?

You shouldn't: To understand what echocardiographic results mean to an individual patient requires the participation of a physician who understands echocardiography and who also knows the patient. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Electrocardiogram (Definition)

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


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What does an ef= 45-50% on an echo-cardiogram mean?

What does an ef= 45-50% on an echo-cardiogram mean?

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 have a question about echo-cardiogram--who needs it?

I have a question about echo-cardiogram--who needs it?

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

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Do any doctors in canada use the multifunction cardiogram. ? How would i find out? I need one !

Do any doctors in canada use the multifunction cardiogram. ? How would i find out? I need one !

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

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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

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What is it like to have an echo-cardiogram and an ekg?

Echo/ecg: Both studies are performed with the patient lying on a table. The echo has ecg leads attached to the patient and the echo images are obtained by a probe moved around the chest by a technician. Neither test is uncomfortable or painful. ...Read more

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What is it like to have an echo-cardiogram and an ekg?

What is it like to have an echo-cardiogram and an ekg?

Echo/ecg: Both studies are performed with the patient lying on a table. The echo has ecg leads attached to the patient and the echo images are obtained by a probe moved around the chest by a technician. Neither test is uncomfortable or painful. ...Read more

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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

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What does a ecct cardiogram do for heart patients what and how dose it see the human heart?

What does a ecct cardiogram do for heart patients what and how dose it see the human heart?

EKG or ECG?: This looks at the electrical circuit of the heart. When there are problems with the heart often this causes the electrical signals in the heart to change. These changes can be seen with an ecg. It can let us know if part of the heart has been injured, enlarged, etc. This can then help us figure out what is going on with your heart. ...Read more

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I am going for a dobutamine stress echo cardiogram? What should I expect?

Heart test: A cardiac sonographer will place electrodes on ur chest attached 2 an EKG monitor that charts ur heart’s electrical activity. They will perform a resting ekg, measure your resting heart rate & take your blood pressure. A dr or nurse will give the Dobutamine into ur IV while the they continue 2 obtain echo images. It will cause your heart to react as if you were exercising, your heart will go fast. ...Read more

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Could any cardiovascular disease be picked up by an echo cardiogram?

Could any cardiovascular disease be picked up by an echo cardiogram?

Not all: Echocardiogram scan detect abnormalities in heart wall motion, function of heart valves, and flow between heart chambers. But there are lots of problems an echo won't find, and even a good test isn't perfect. ...Read more

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A 2D Echo Cardiogram indicated a bicuspid valve as opposed to tricuspid valve. Is that going to be a problem? Will there be any issues?

Yes: I assume you mean bicuspid aortic valve. Know that patients with a bicuspid aortic valve require surveillance for the development of aortic valve issues (stenosis, regurgitation) and for thoracic aortic aneurysms. You'd be best served with a cardiologist if this is the case. ...Read more

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