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How To Tell If There Are Abnormalities During A Echocardiogram
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
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
No pain: It doesn't hurt. There's no prep. There's no radiation. It takes about 20 minutes. ...Read more
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
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
Is an echocardiogram with contrast safe? How long does that test take in general? Lastly, is the IV they use as big as the one used during surgeries?
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
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
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
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
Not at all: It can't see narrowed or blocked coronary arteries or electrical shortcuts or arhythmias. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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.
Can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy be missed during an echocardiogram? (A regular echo, done while lying down.)
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?
Echocardiogram: evidence of left ventricular diastolic relaxation abnormality. Mildly decreased systolic function. Wall motion abnormalities. Means?
Hi. Can you please tell me the meaning of - Echocardiogram only minor anterior basal hypokinesia - good lv with ejection fraction 76%, ECG abnormal.?
Echo: You need to discuss with your doctor. This probably is no big deal, but without more information and clarity an answer from out here wouldn't mean much. ...Read more
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