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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Echo (Definition)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen ...Read more


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What heart tests are done before a decision for a heart cath .Ive had several . EKG, stressecho, Ct score, lexiscan, echo, 21 day monitor. All normal?

What heart tests are  done before a decision for a heart cath .Ive had several . EKG, stressecho, Ct score, lexiscan, echo, 21 day monitor. All normal?

Risk: A heart cath is an invasive procedure with small but definite risks including stroke, heart attack, and death. The risk is well worth taking if non-invasive tests suggest serious disease, but it is never done because of curiosity or to satisfy a whim without good reason. ...Read more

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How accurate are pulmonary function tests done at a pulmonologists office? What can they detect?

How accurate are pulmonary function tests done at a pulmonologists office? What can they detect?

Accurate: The test is accurate and reproducible but highly dependent on effort and technique. The results are an assessment of lung function. It can detect asthma, emphysema, COPD, and some other airway conditions. It cannot detect pneumonias, tumors or pulmonary emboli or vascular conditions. As always the results need to be interpreted in the context of clinical findings. ...Read more

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Bloodwork, xray, ekg, echo, stress test, 24hr holter. Had all these tests done and only benign arrhythmia. Does anxiety sound right? Or possible chd?

Bloodwork, xray, ekg, echo, stress test, 24hr holter. Had all these tests done and only benign arrhythmia. Does anxiety sound right? Or possible chd?

Not CHD: Missing information is what symptom prompted this extensive work-up in the first place. Assuming palpitations was the reason, the first thing to do is to better define this. Keep a log. Take your pulse every time. Record how fast, how often, how long it lasts and what happens when it stops (sudden or slows down). The answers to these questions will provide more information to start than the tests. ...Read more

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Is a cardiac doppler echo/ tte accurate if performed correctly for finding physical malformations that cause murmur?

Is a cardiac doppler echo/ tte accurate if performed correctly for finding physical malformations  that cause murmur?

High accuracy: For investigation of the possible causes of a heart murmur, a properly performed transthoracic echocardiogram will have high accuracy as long as the imaging windows are good. If the echocardiogram is normal and the quality of images obtained is good, no further investigation is required. ...Read more

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Many tests ordered by cardiologist.He found "atrial tachycardia" on 48 hr holter during symptoms.All other tests good. What does this really mean?

Many tests ordered by cardiologist.He found "atrial tachycardia" on 48 hr holter during symptoms.All other tests good. What does this really mean?

Abn heart rhythm: Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia is an abnormal heart rhythm propagated by a variety of mechanisms. The HR typically is 170-240 but exceptions occur. It usually causes palpitations and, if prolonged, may cause shortness of breath and/or dizziness. The albuterol you take can precipitate it. It can occur in otherwise normal hearts. Meds or ablation can prevent it. ...Read more

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What are the differences between an ECG and echo tests done for heart ailments?

What are the differences between an ECG and echo tests done for heart ailments?

ECHO: Echocardiogram uses sound waves to image the heart. Ecg records the electrical signals from the heart they are different data sets. ...Read more

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M37.Have low HDL/high TriG.Did tests, results ok.ABI, EKG, Chest XRay, UltraSound Carotid+whole abdomen,Echo Treadmill Stress. repeat tests how often?

M37.Have low HDL/high TriG.Did tests, results ok.ABI, EKG, Chest XRay, UltraSound Carotid+whole abdomen,Echo Treadmill Stress. repeat tests how often?

Family history?: much of this hinges I feel on your family history. If you have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or siblings with coronary artery disease under the age of 55 then I repeat testing in 5 years, otherwise probably in 10 years. There is no consensus on this: therefore this is my own opinion as interventional cardiologist. ...Read more

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Transthoracic echocardiogram, chest x ray, renal sonogram, lots of blood work by hematologist, lupus test found nothing after splenic infarct. Am i ok?

Splenic infarct: You have a lot of normal tests. This is a good thing. You should discuss with your doctor(s) who know you best what their impression is. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Trouble breathing, rapid heart rate, EKG revealed flattened t waves. Doc ordered echo consulted cardio who added nuclear stress test. Is this serious?

Trouble breathing, rapid heart rate, EKG revealed flattened t waves. Doc ordered echo consulted cardio who added nuclear stress test. Is this serious?

SOB : The description doesn't provide enough specific information to know the problem. There may be heart abnormalities suggested by symptoms and tests which require further investigation. You should ask the doctors with the information specific to you. ...Read more

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Chest Ct scan with trast,stress echo,3d echicardiogram,cardiac MRI with contrast & Ekg and blood test would this rule out CHD all normal?Done at mayo.

Chest Ct scan with trast,stress echo,3d echicardiogram,cardiac MRI with contrast & Ekg and blood test would this rule out CHD all normal?Done at mayo.

You had a thorough: evaluation for CHD, and if all of the tests were normal, you can be reassured at this time. Choose a healthy life style and your heart will continue to support you. ...Read more

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How many cardiac cta (computed tomography angiogram) procedures are performed annually in small hospitals?

How many cardiac cta (computed tomography angiogram) procedures are performed annually in small hospitals?

Thousands: Coronary cta mostly performed in cardiology offices. Many performed in hospitals also. Hundreds of thousands of these scans done each year. I read many of these tests a year. Very good technology. ...Read more

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Is nuclear stress testing or echo more accurate for calculating ejection fraction? Nuclear says 67 percent echo says 48.

Is nuclear stress testing or echo more accurate for calculating ejection fraction? Nuclear says 67 percent echo says 48.

EF: Ejection fraction can vary depending on the type of test done (echo vs. cath vs. gated nuclear stress). Nuclear MUGA scan is most accurate since is depends on counts rather than the geometry of the ventricle. ...Read more

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Why are the following tests done preoperatively for open heart surgery? Echo...chest X-ray.....pfts.....and urinalysis?

Why are the following tests done preoperatively for open heart surgery? Echo...chest X-ray.....pfts.....and urinalysis?

Preparation: You are having surgery for a reason. Preparation makes the surgery safer by finding issues that would be problems if they were not known. Overall, the better prepared you and you surgeon are, the better the results. ...Read more

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Normal ekgs..Normal echo..Normal stress test..Normal chest xray and blood work good..Is a CT coronary angiogram needed? Or all these tests sufficient?

Normal ekgs..Normal echo..Normal stress test..Normal chest xray and blood work good..Is a CT coronary angiogram needed? Or all these tests sufficient?

Probably sufficient: I assume that these tests were done for evaluation of chest pain. Unless you have extreme risk factors, the likelihood of chest pain being related to coronary artery disease in a 28 year old is very low. The key to determining the cause of your chest pain is a good history by an expert clinician, supported by a full examination. There are many non-cardiac causes of chest pain. ...Read more