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How long should it take to get back my echocardiogram?

How long should it take to get back my echocardiogram?

1-2 days: Most are read on day performed unless its a mobile outreach situation.

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Are echocardiogram with contrast safe? What does it show? How long does the test take? Is it only larger hospitals that do this? Thanks in advance!

Contrast echo: This is a safe procedure. The bubble contrast, either from agitated saline or commercial products provide better imaging (ultrasound physics). This is turn allows for a better assessment of the heart's function and structure, commonly performed to look for shunts between the chambers of the heart that should not be there. Mainly done at hospitalized, but some clinics do it to. Not a long proc.

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When did echocardiogram start being performed?

1953: The original description of m-mode echocardiography in 1953, by inge edler (1911–2001) and his physicist friend hellmuth hertz, marked the beginning of this new diagnostic noninvasive technique the 1st clinical application of diagnostic cardiac ultrasound was actually in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with pericardial effusion.

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Why is an echocardiogram performed on a person?

It depends: Echocardiography is performed to provide information about the structure and function of the heart. It can provide information about structural abnormalities such as valve abnormalities and congenital defects. It is also helpful to determine how well the heart functions as well as pressures inside the heart. It can also be utilized to look for abnormalities of the aorta.

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How much time does a complete echocardiogram take?

How much time does a complete echocardiogram take?

15-30 minutes: Depending on your physique, presence or absence of pathology,and the skill and schedule of the sonographer.

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How do doctors perform transesophageal echocardiogram?

How do doctors perform transesophageal echocardiogram?

Swallow tube: The transducer, which is like a camera, is passed through your mouth down into the esphagus and positioned at the back of the heart. Because the back of the heart rests agains the esophagus, there is less in the way so that the images are much clearer than if they are taken through the chest wall. The patinet is sedated just as if we were looking into the stomach or esophagus.

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What exactly is echocardiogram? What are the doctors measuring when they perform ecg?

What exactly is echocardiogram? What are the doctors measuring when they perform ecg?

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 ...

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Fetal echocardiogram performed this morning. What does that show and not show about the heart?

Fetal echocardiogram performed this morning. What does that show and not show about the heart?

Fetal echocardiogram: A fetal echocardiogram shows the structures of the heart such as the walls, the atria, ventricles and the valves. It is used to look for abnormalities of the valves or other congenital abnormalities such as an atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect.

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How long would an normal echocardiogram be efective against aortic dissection. In other words would a normal echo rule out future dissection?

How long would an normal echocardiogram be efective against aortic dissection. In other words would a normal echo rule out future dissection?

No, but...: Sadly, no. An echo can only see the world as it is at that exact moment in time. Dissection can always occur later. That said, thoracic dissections are rarely both serious and asymptomatic, so if one started, odds are good that you'd know in a painful, let's go visit the er sort of way.

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Can pvc's that have lasted almost all day long be benign? Have been to the ER several times and doctors refuse to do an echocardiogram due to my age.

Not ER: This is not something you want to have it evaluated in the emergency room. See your primary physician or a cardiologist for evaluation.

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1 normal, 2 borderline ecgs, no prolonged QT, normal sinus rhythm, completely normal echocardiogram. worried about ecgs. doctor not concerned. 19yr.

1 normal, 2 borderline ecgs, no prolonged QT, normal sinus rhythm, completely normal echocardiogram. worried about ecgs. doctor not concerned. 19yr.

Inadequate data: To get the most from this site you need to post adequate background information and ask a clear question. You say you have borderline EKG's without the information on why they are considered borderline or why they were obtained to begin with. You say you are concerned, the doc is not but do not ask a clear question.You are welcome to start over.Your posts are not linked & are sent out at random.

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Should everyone have a stress test and how long are test like stress, echocardiograms and angiograms good for? I had this complete work-up in 2008 and the impression was no visible coronary heart disease. Yet said the patient does have diastolic dysfunc

Should everyone have a stress test and how long are test like stress, echocardiograms and angiograms good for?  I had this complete work-up in 2008 and the impression was no visible coronary heart disease.  Yet said the patient does have diastolic dysfunc

Not everyone needs: Stress test echocardiograms and angiograms give a lot of information but do not predict everybody who goes on to have disease. Not everyone has a gradual reduction in vessel size. Some people will form a clot that can occurr in minutes leading to heart attack. Keep cholesterol's under control, blood pressure monitored, diabetes treated, don't smoke and keep your weight down and should be ok.

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Can you tell me how is an echocardiography performed?

Can you tell me how is an echocardiography performed?

Echocardiogram: read this: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003869.htm

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