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Chest pains! xray, CT scan, bloodwork, holter monitor, echocardiogram, echo stress test and EKG normal?! what can it be? Pain don't get worse when pressed

Chest pains! xray, CT scan, bloodwork, holter monitor, echocardiogram, echo stress test and EKG normal?! what can it be? Pain don't get worse when pressed

Esophageal spsm/GERD: All the tests you have had it rules out heart or lung pathology.It can be due to esophageal spasm, gastroesophageal reflux with or without esophagitis or due to costochondritis.Get a gastro enterolist consult and endoscopy to rule out GI causes or a trial of ppis like Omeprazole etc.Costochondritis may respond to non steroidal meds like Naproxen sodium. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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My husband is having stress echocardiogram. Will he have dobutamine injected?

My husband is having stress echocardiogram. Will he have dobutamine injected?

Maybe: If he can walk on a treamill no. The heart has to be stressed. If for some reason he cannot walk long enough or at all on the treadmill , then Dobutamine is used to stress the heart. It will make the heart contract harder and faster just as if he were walking on a treamill. ...Read more

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Why are dobutamine-induced stress echocardiogram used?

Better information: A stress echo allows you to view heart function under a stressor. The stress is an elevation in heart rate and produced by the dobutamine. It allows us to see if your blood flow in the coronary ateries can meet demand. Is like economics , supply vs demand. ...Read more

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What is "dobutamine, stress echocardiography criteria"?

A screening test: Stress tests are largely done to identify patients at risk for heart attacks. For patients who cannot exercise due to arthritis or other reasons, Dobutamine is a drug that will mimic exercise, and allow a stress test to be done. It is not as good as exercise, but it is a reasonable alternative if exercise is not possible. ...Read more

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What should I expect if I go in for a a stress test and an echocardiogram, with bubbles?

What should I expect if I go in for a a stress test and an echocardiogram, with bubbles?

Talk to md: Informed consent gives you the right to ask questions usually low risk but not risk free your underlying condition also important. ...Read more

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Do benzodiazepines effect a stress or echocardiogram test?

Do benzodiazepines effect a stress or echocardiogram test?

It depends: Chronic stable use probably would have little effect. Acute use could well effect it. In this case i would expect the test to be less sensitive to picking up a "stress" induced change. ...Read more

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How risky is a stress echocardiogram cheers.....

Stress echo: A stress echocardiogram is not risky to undergo. If you were, however, to experience ischemia or low blood flow to the heart, this would be the best place to know-under the supervision of a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Will a stress echocardiogram show if my narrowing of mid LAD has gotten worse ?

Will a stress echocardiogram show if my narrowing of mid LAD has gotten worse ?

Echo: This does not show the severity of the interior of the lad. It merely shows wall and cardiac function. By extrapolation if function is bad or worse than before then you can assume that the narrowing is worse. ...Read more

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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


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