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Is it possible to have a heart attack even if my echocardiogram is normal?

Is it possible to have a heart attack even if my echocardiogram is normal?

Yes: There is no test which if normal guarantees that you will not get a heart attack. And the echocardiogram is not good for predictiong a heart attack anyway. ...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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Severe anxiety. Echocardiogram,ekg,stress ,all normal. What's the worst than can come from my palpitations?18 in good shape.Can I have a heart attack?

Severe anxiety. Echocardiogram,ekg,stress ,all normal. What's the worst than can come from my palpitations?18 in good shape.Can I have a heart attack?

Palpitation Sx: Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also found with abnormal hearts. ...Read more

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Can you be having a heart attack if you echocardiogram looks normal?

Can you be having a heart attack if you echocardiogram looks normal?

Yes: Echocardiogram can indirectly suggest the possibility of a heart attack, but can also be more or less normal after a small heart attack. Its primary use is not to diagnose a heart attack, but to look a things like the function of the heart muscle and the heart valves and to examine the hearts internal anatomy. Ecg and certain blood tests are the primary tests for diagnosing a heart attack. ...Read more

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What is the sensitivity of EKGs, echocardiograms, and cardiac MRIs for detecting previous heart attacks? Would a normal echocardiogram signal good prognosis in the event of a previous heart attack?

What is the sensitivity of EKGs, echocardiograms, and cardiac MRIs for detecting previous heart attacks? Would a normal echocardiogram signal good prognosis in the event of a previous heart attack?

Very good: Cardiac MRI is the best test for detecting a previous heart attack. An echocardiogram is probably next, followed closely by ECG. All of these tests should be pretty good at picking up a MAJOR previous heart attack. A normal echocardiogram after a heart attack is indeed an excellent prognostic marker. ...Read more

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Had a clear echocardiogram 3 years ago, no blocked arteries. Could I have blocked my arteries enough to have a heart attack now?

Had a clear echocardiogram 3 years ago, no blocked arteries. Could I have blocked my arteries enough to have a heart attack now?

Was the: Echo study done with or without EXERCISE ? If it was a "stress echo" that was negative , congrats, the chances of signicant "PREMATURE" coronary disease 3 years later is quite small...A "plain" echo is less useful in detecting coronary insufficiency and is done for STRUCTURAL reasons (Heart valves etc) It can pick up OLD cardiac injuries. I hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I just wanted to know can echocardiogram detect a future heart attack?

I just wanted to know can echocardiogram detect a future heart attack?

Risk stratification: No test can predict the future. But abnormalities in heart wall motion at rest or under stress can help determine if you are at high risk for a heart attack, and if it might be helpful to do further testing. ...Read more

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Can stress echocardiogram cause death or a heart attack as due to have one tommoz and scared help...

Can stress echocardiogram cause death or a heart attack as due to have one tommoz and scared help...

Yes: Stress testing increases work a heart has to do ; can cause a heart attack by decreased blood or abnormal heart rhythms. The incidence of death or mi is .01-.02% - very low. That is why ur doctor is constantly monitoring ur symptoms, ECG ; BP and will stop at the first sign of any complications. ...Read more

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I have intense anxiety. My chest feels very tight and achy. I feel shaky. Am I having a heart attack? Have had ecgs and echocardiogram.

I have intense anxiety.  My chest feels very tight and achy.  I feel shaky.  Am I having a heart attack?  Have had ecgs and echocardiogram.

PANIC: Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what panic means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other. ...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


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more