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How reliable is an echocardiogram for diagnosis?

How reliable is an echocardiogram for diagnosis?

Depends: It depends on what you are trying to diagnosis. It is obviously of no use in diagnosing appendicitis. For leakage or a block in a heart valve it is very reliable. Same as for measuring how hard the muscle is contracting or whether the heart chambers are enlarged. It also depends on technical issues. Less reliable if you are 400 pounds or have lung disease. ...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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Is american society of echocardiography a reliable source for echocardiogram reference values? Is that what most use as a source?

You bet!: Is the irs a reliable source of tax information? (hi, duck!) harvey and catharine have written the most widely used textbooks, but the ase (of which they are contributing members) writes the guidelines. ...Read more

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In an adult, is an echocardiogram likely to miss a small vsd (small, but causing a murmur)? Or is it reliable to rule it out? Usually found as child?

In an adult, is an echocardiogram likely to miss a small vsd (small, but causing a murmur)? Or is it reliable to rule it out? Usually found as child?

Unlikely: If we can hear the murmur with a stethoscope, then an echo probe will usually be able to show the blood crossing the vsd, even if the 2-d imaging doesn't clearly show the defect. However, if the echo windows are very poor (e.g., with obesity, chest wall deformities or fused ribs, lung disease like emphysema, etc.), then it may be hard to visualize the heart at all, and a vsd could then be missed. ...Read more

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Is echocardiogram more reliable than CT to diagnose cardiomegaly? Chest CT showed mild cardiomegaly but echocardiogram was oaky.

Is echocardiogram more reliable than CT to diagnose cardiomegaly? Chest CT showed mild cardiomegaly but echocardiogram was oaky.

Echocardiogram: may give a better idea of how big your heart really is. That is because a CT is performed on your back, most of the time. That does tend to make the heart look larger. The echocardiogram is done on your back but also on the side . So my feeling is if the echocardiogram says you are normal then you are. ...Read more

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Which one is the more reliable test: a thalium scan or an echocardiography?

Which one is the more reliable test: a thalium scan or an echocardiography?

Tests: Each test has its own characteristics and what kinds of things it is good at demonstrating. Echocardiography is excellent at showing cardiac anatomy and function. Thallium perfusion scanning is excellent at demonstrating the distribution of perfusion in the myocardium. ...Read more

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What diagnosis are covered by insurance to have an echocardiogram?

What diagnosis are covered by insurance to have an echocardiogram?

Many, many, many: The list is too long to write here. Common indications are chest pain, shortness of breath, heart murmur, and abnormal chest x-ray or ekg. ...Read more

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Does insurance cover echocardiograms?

Does insurance cover echocardiograms?

Maybe: You need to contact your insurance company and see if your benefits cover the exam. Most will, but how much they will pay for and what you will need to pay varies. ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram do?

Images the heart: An echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves to deliver a set of moving images of the heart. It gives us a lot of information about the function (and the strength) of the heart, its valves and the blood flow through the chambers. ...Read more

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What does a echocardiogram show?

What does a echocardiogram show?

Several things: The heart muscle, the valves, arteries such as the aorta, the four chambers of the heart, fluid around the heart if present, how hard the heart is contracting, whether it is too weak or too thick. ...Read more

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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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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