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Doctor insights on: How To Tell If There Are Abnormalities During A Echocardiogram

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Can you tell me what echocardiogram means?

Can you tell me what echocardiogram means?

Ultrasound of heart: An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound of the heart. Just like an ultrasound of a pregnant woman shows a real-time picture of the fetus, an echocardiogram shows a real-time picture of the heart. An echocardiogram can show if heart valves are abnormal, if the heart is thickened or dilated, how well the heart can pump, if there are any holes in the heart walls, and other heart problems. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens in a echocardiogram?

Could you tell me what happens in a echocardiogram?

Depends: Echocardiography can be done with an external probe (ultrasound) that is lubricated with scanning gel and positioned at various points on your chest to view the heart. Better images can be obtained with trans esophageal echo which requires passage of a probe on a flexible scope like handle down your esophagus under sedation as an outpatient procedure. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to expect for an echocardiogram?

Please tell me what to expect for an echocardiogram?

No pain: It doesn't hurt. There's no prep. There's no radiation. It takes about 20 minutes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how good of a test is an echocardiogram?

Can you tell me how good of a test is an echocardiogram?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me what does an echocardiogram consist of?

Can someone tell me what does an echocardiogram consist of?

Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram uses sound waves to create images, or pictures, of the heart from outside the body. It is a safe and essentially painless test that yields a great deal of information about the heart structures. ...Read more

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Why would you check the diaphragm during echocardiogram?

Why would you check the diaphragm during echocardiogram?

Respiratory function: This would allow the person reading the echocardiogram to determine if any respiratory difficulties might be due to diaphragmatic dysfunction. ...Read more

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Does an echocardiogram tell a doctor if you have blockages?

Possibly: Echocardiogram, particularly if done after exercise or drug induced stress can demonstrate abnormal wall motion of the heart that correlate with areas of muscle with poor blood supply. If these abnormalities are found, further investigation with angiography (dye testing) are recommended. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Why is it loud and squeaky during an echocardiogram? What does the sound represent?

Why is it loud and squeaky during an echocardiogram? What does the sound represent?

Doppler: That is the doppler part of the echocardiogram. The sound represents the flow of blood. You could get an idea of what the pictures look like by listening to that sound. How loud the sound is and whether it occurs during systole or diastole would give you a clue for istance, but most people interpreting the study just look at the images and don't pay much attention to those sounds. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is an echocardiogram and should you have one if you have ischemia?

Can you tell me what is an echocardiogram and should you have one if you have ischemia?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. ...Read more

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Is radiation used during an echocardiogram?

No: This is a big advantage over certain other tests. ...Read more

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During a routine echocardiogram, when they measure the rv diameter, do they also check for rv hypertrophy?

Yes: A complete echo should include rv wall thickness, right sided abnormalities however are frequently missed on 2d-echocardiogram unless you are looking for them. ...Read more

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During routine echocardiogram, is the ejection fraction usually calculated using the m-mode estimate, or the 2d volume (tracing the lv) measurement?

During routine echocardiogram, is the ejection fraction usually calculated using the m-mode estimate, or the 2d volume (tracing the lv) measurement?

Either: Both methods are used. However, it is generally accepted that tracing the endocardial borders of the left ventricle at end systole and end diastole in two separate planes gives the best estimate of ejection fraction. When using only the m-mode tracing, there are many assumptions built into the estimate of ejection fraction that can challenge accuracy. ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram tell about your heart?

What does an echocardiogram tell about your heart?

A bundle!: Size, shape, function (how well the muscle squeezes) and valve structure and leakage. Can also get info about pressures. ...Read more

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No bubbles showed up in the heart during the bubble echocardiogram?

No bubbles showed up in the heart during the bubble echocardiogram?

Echo: We do bubble studies to identify abnormal flows. If peripherally injected bubbles don't show jo in the heart there is usually a technical problem. ...Read more

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Does an echocardiogram tell everything that's is wrong with the heart?

Does an echocardiogram tell everything that's is wrong with the heart?

NO: Echocardiography can tell a lot about heart function, valvular function and motion, it can also tell about fluid around the heart. But it may not tell exactly about narrowing or the coronary arteries as well as completely diagnosed congenital heart disease and grade of the shunt. ...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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Does an echocardiogram tell everything that's is majorly dangerously wrong with the heart?

Not at all: It can't see narrowed or blocked coronary arteries or electrical shortcuts or arhythmias. ...Read more

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I have palps and had an echocardiogram. It came back fine, but I didn't have palps during the echocardiogram. Is there any chance at all of atrial fib?

I have palps and had an echocardiogram. It came back fine, but I didn't have palps during the echocardiogram. Is there any chance at all of atrial fib?

Could be: An echocardiogram looks at cardiac structure and function, not specifically rhythm. There are cardiac abnormalities that make one more prone to cardiac arrhythmias. But your echo gave no clues. There are tests that can specifically look for arrhythmias that arevsimole to obtain. Discuss these with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram detect? I know it’s for diagnosing heart disease, but what kind? Can it tell if I have blocked arteries or damage from a heart attack?

Echo: Echocardiogram detects how well the heart is working by calculating an ejection fraction of how much blood it is pumping out. It can also detect valve abnormalities and if certain portions of the heart are functioning properly.

I will not see blocked arteries. That is a coronary angiogram. ...Read more

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Is a whooshing sound normal during an echocardiogram? I had an echocardiogram this morning and the machine was making clicking and whooshing sounds. I won’t be talking to my doctor until next week, and i’m worried the noises mean something’s wrong.

The: The "whooshing" sound you are hearing is the computer's interpretation of the blood flow through your heart. It is completely normal to hear this during an echocardiogram and it helps the sonographer guide the probe to the appropriate spot. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had an echocardiogram and an EKG done would they have been able to tell if I need a pacemaker through that?

Usually: If the EKG shows a severely slowed heart rate and certain types of other electrical abnormalities, it would suggest the possible need for a pacemaker. Other cause of the these abnormalities need to be excluded, though. Echocardiogram is less helpful in answering this question. ...Read more

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Can an echocardiogram tell if you have inflammation of a major heart valve?

No: An echocardiogram can tell valve "leakiness", valve "stenosis" and other structural abnormalities such as cholesterol build up, "healed" scar from prior infection, or "prolapse", cannot really tell "inflammation". ...Read more

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During my echocardiogram the nurse also scanned over my abdomen (pulse present). Will the doc be able to confirm there is or isn't an Ab. Aneurysm?

During my echocardiogram the nurse also scanned over my abdomen (pulse present). Will the doc be able to confirm there is or isn't an Ab. Aneurysm?

Aneurysm: If they scanned the descending aorta, they will be able to determine the size and any distention. This finding would support a aneurysm, so the answer is yes. ...Read more

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