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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

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Had EKG q and t wave abnormality.I saw a cardiologist who did an echocardiogram, a 24 halter moniter and an exercise stress test, all normal.Two more EKG had same abnormality. He said i was ok ?

Had  EKG q and t wave abnormality.I saw a cardiologist who did an echocardiogram, a 24 halter moniter and an exercise stress test, all normal.Two more EKG had same abnormality. He said i was ok ?

Normal for you: Individual variations in an ECG may have no significance, if they are not associated with any structural abnormality or coronary disease. You have been thoroughly evaluated and have nothing to worry about! ...Read more

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Are thallium stress tests and echocardiogram stress tests equal in their accuracy? Why would one be prescribed over the other?

Are thallium stress tests and echocardiogram stress tests equal in their accuracy? Why would one be prescribed over the other?

Imaging stress tests: Perfusion stress tests and echo stress tests are roughly similar in their sensitivity and specificity. The experience and expertise of the performing lab/team is more important than general test results. Some labs are far better with one than the other test. What information is desired is also critical as they show different information sets. ...Read more

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What should I expect if I go in for a a stress test and an echocardiogram, with bubbles?

What should I expect if I go in for a a stress test and an echocardiogram, with bubbles?

Talk to md: Informed consent gives you the right to ask questions usually low risk but not risk free your underlying condition also important. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I expect from a stress test and an echocardiogram, with bubbles?

Stress test: We have various kinds of stress testing, the commonest involve walking on a treadmill and/or having a medication injected to simulate exercise. An ECG and sometimes echo or nuclear imaging can be part of the stress test. An echo bubble study is painless as is the regular echocardiogram test. The bubble study involves injecting microbubbles during a normal echo imaging study. ...Read more

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Are the following results good & what do they signify from my echocardiogram? Health/mental stress test is normal, resistance stress is low.

Don't Understand: The types of stress listed in the question are unclear to me. Usually an echocardiogram is done at rest, and sometimes at cardiac stress, with exercise, or more commonly, with a medicine to increase cardiac workload. ...Read more

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24 yr old not an athlete male.bpm at rest is usually on low 40s, got an echocardiogram and a stress test & normal.. im scared should i worry?

24 yr old not an athlete male.bpm at rest is usually on  low 40s, got an echocardiogram and a stress test & normal.. im scared should i worry?

No, not yet.: Those who have made a habit of exercise & are very fit often have low resting heart rates (in the 40s, sometime the 30s). If you are NOT fit, & a resting heart rate this low, you must have symptoms. You could have an underactive thyroid, high blood pressure, or other chronic condition. Talk to your doctor & get checked out with an exam & blood tests (if needed) to get to a diagnosis. You have time ...Read more

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Do benzodiazepines effect a stress or echocardiogram test?

Do benzodiazepines effect a stress or echocardiogram test?

It depends: Chronic stable use probably would have little effect. Acute use could well effect it. In this case i would expect the test to be less sensitive to picking up a "stress" induced change. ...Read more

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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?

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

Dr. Rick Koch
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Echocardiogram (Definition)

Echo refers to reflections of sound waves, typically 0.5-10mhz, sent through a body structure, all variants of water density. Cardio refers to heart. Gram refers to a picture or graphical representation of the data. A form of us, these help see certain aspects of our hearts behavior/function, real-time in motion picture video. Quality & usefulness varies widely as ...Read more


Dr. Rick Koch
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Cardiac Echo (Definition)

Cardiac echo is a somewhat redundant term for "echocardiogram." during this painless procedure, harmless sound waves are passed into the chest and reflected back, providing a detailed image of the heart, measures of the flow of blood within it, and information about certain structures which surround ...Read more