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How does an echocardiogram function?

How does an echocardiogram function?

Doppler effect: The echocardiogram utilizes ultrasound and a principle called the doppler effect. Doppler effect means sound waves are reflected at different velocities and this information is electronically transformed to allow visualization of structural details and provide information about blood flow velocities. ...Read more

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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


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What is the function of an echocardiogram?

What is the function of an echocardiogram?

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

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I was diagnosed with bilateral atrial enlargement and preserved left ventrical systolic function on my recent echocardiogram. What does all this mean?

I was diagnosed with bilateral atrial enlargement and preserved left ventrical systolic function on my recent echocardiogram. What does all this mean?

Biatrial enlargement: is an increase in the size of both the upper two chambers of the heart--the right and left atria. The preserved left ventricular systolic function means the heart muscle itself is pumping normally. Atrial enlargement can be due to a problem with the heart valves, or chronic lung disease on the right, systemic hypertension on the left. It requires an expert cardiology evaluation to clarify. ...Read more

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My echocardiogram show moderately reduced left ventricular systolic function with and estimated ejection fraction approximately 30-35 Explain please ?

My echocardiogram  show moderately reduced left ventricular systolic function with and estimated ejection fraction approximately 30-35 Explain please ?

General definitions: Left ventricular systolic function is a measure of how well the lower left pumping section of the heart squeezes to send blood to the body.Ejection fraction (EF) is the % of blood that is pumped out with each heartbeat.A normal EF at rest usually ranges between 55& 70%. If the heart muscle has been damaged the ejection fraction may be lower. You should discuss results further with your doctor. ...Read more

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Echocardiogram shows some global reduction in left ventricular function. No echo features to suggest inflammation/pericarditis. What could cause this?

Echocardiogram shows some global reduction in left ventricular function. No echo features to suggest inflammation/pericarditis. What could cause this?

Decreased EF: Reduced LV function at your age is unusual, and may be due to issue with the heat muscle, infections can do this, certain viral infections are known. You should see a heart doctor to discuss the finding of the 2DE and ascertain as to why there is decreased function. A follow 2DE should be considered at a certain interval. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath at rest, exercise at 160bpm does not make it worse, maybe a little better. Had Lung CT scan, Lung function and echocardiogram norm?

Shortness of breath at rest, exercise at 160bpm does not make it worse, maybe a little better. Had Lung CT scan, Lung function and echocardiogram norm?

Hard to say: The good news is that you probably ruled out serious conditions by the test you have done. Irregular heart rhythm Asthma, allergic reaction, anxiety or panic attack can sometimes cause shortness of breath at rest. Any palpitations, wheezing or cough? ...Read more

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Is a normal ekg, 48 hour holter, and echocardiogram enough to say my heart is functioning normally? Even with tachycardia/ dizzy/ palpitations?

Is a normal ekg, 48 hour holter, and echocardiogram enough to say my heart is functioning normally? Even with tachycardia/ dizzy/ palpitations?

Maybe: If you had your typical symptoms during your 48 hour recording, and nothing significant showed up, it unlikely there is anything serious going on. If you did not have problems during the recording, a longer monitor (event monitor) may be needed to catch it. ...Read more

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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