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Electrocardiogram Vs Echocardiogram
Chest pains! Xray, CT scan, bloodwork, holter monitor, echocardiogram, echo stress test and EKG normal?! what can it be? Pain don't get worse when pressed
Esophageal spsm/GERD: All the tests you have had it rules out heart or lung pathology. It can be due to esophageal spasm, gastroesophageal reflux with or without esophagitis or due to costochondritis.Get a gastro enterolist consult and endoscopy to rule out GI causes or a trial of ppis like Omeprazole etc. Costochondritis may respond to non steroidal meds like Naproxen sodium. ...Read more
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
ECG Echo: The two yield different but complimentary data:both are often necessary ...Read more
Very different...: An ekg (or "ecg") is a visual representation of the electrical activity of the heart, on paper. An echocardiogram is a set of images or videos the represent the structure and function of the heart based on sound waves. They are very different and often used to complement each other in the evaluation of possible cardiac problems. ...Read more
Perfect echocardiogram, 24h ecg showed some ST Sagging, no further tests recommended, what does this mean?
Non-invasive CV eval: Non-specific EKG changes during stress testing are common. Stress imaging (ECHO, nuclear or MRI) carries more weight as it allows the doctor to assess the flow of blood into different parts of the heart muscle and also assesses the 'Ejection Fraction', which is a measure of the strength of heart contractions, above 55% being normal. Coronary calcium scores assess heart artery blockage risk. ...Read more
Ultrasound of heart: Echocardiogram is essentially an ultrasound of the heart. .. Ecg helps measure your heart rhythm and how the electrical impulses in your heart move from the atria to the ventricles. .. The latter can show how quickly the impulse moves in different parts of the heart, and can show if a part of the heart is not getting enough oxygenated blood flow, which may warn of a heart attack. .. ...Read more
Both: Both an ekg and an echo might be appropriate for diagnosis of a murmur. Complete evaluation can depend on when it was recognized and whether you are having any other symptoms, such as dizziness, skipping beats, or shortness of breath. Some murmurs are benign but you should always let your physician know if something is new or changing with your symptoms. ...Read more
I had an abnormal ekg and I'm going to get a echocardiogram soon how often are ekgs wrong? I'm worried and can anxiety mess up an ekg?
EKGs are...just OK.: Truth be told, the EKG isn't the most informative test in the world. It's good as a screening test, but regardless of the results of such, if we think someone is truly at heart risk, we test further (stress test for example). And even if the EKG suggests an abnormality, we often need to confirm with more testing (2D Echo, for example). So it's not the most accurate test out there. ...Read more
Would an (partial or full) fatrioventicular septal defect have shown up on ekg, and doppler echocardiogram if it was present in an adult? Likely?
Yes: An atrioventricular septal defect is a serious issue which should be detected by echocardiography. It would not necessarily be detected by an ekg. ...Read more
I feel pressure in my chest, did an ecg test the the results came abnormal, had and echocardiogram test as well and everything looked okay...I have slight coughs now...what could this be pls?
Not necessarily: These tests can only pick up so many of the abnormalities. It is possible that you have narrowing of the coronary arteries but the blockage is not severe enough to show up in these tests. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor to see what are the results of other tests, including lab tests and what, if any life style changes or medications may be needed. ...Read more
Had an echocardiogram done and it says ‘normal sinus rhythm’. But I thought only an ekg could show sinus rhythm?
Had echocardiogram 2011 was normal, had 12 ECG so far this year all normal. Likely hood of me having sudden cardiac death?
Unlikely: At age 20, sudden cardiac death is unlikely without a structural or electrical abnormality of the heart. Illicit drug use, smoking and alcohol abuse could increase risk. ...Read more
My echocardiogram and my ECG were normal, so what are the chances of my Stress ECHO being normal If I did the test? High right?
Likely normal: It's likely to be normal but not for the reasons you list. Because you're 24, the incidence of coronary disease is very low, so your test will probably be normal. However it's entirely possible to have a nl resting echo and nl EKG and an abnormal stress echo which is specifically looking for evidence of inadequate circulation. The resting tests are relatively insensitive to that. ...Read more
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