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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.

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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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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I am 27 yo Male, no previous heart condition. Dr. told me I have systolic murmur; sounds like 1.5/6. How soon should I get echocardiogram? Necessary?

I am 27 yo Male, no previous heart condition. Dr. told me I have systolic murmur; sounds like 1.5/6. How soon should I get echocardiogram? Necessary?

Depends: Most heart murmurs are not anything to worry about and do not require an echocardiogram. If there is something else going on with your health that could cause a new heart valve problem, then your doctor would want to see an echocardiogram. It is probably best to sit down with your doctor, and gear what they think. ...Read more

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Is Echocardiogram alone sufficient for ruling out heart-attack? Declined MRI due to having bad migraines & sensitivity to the sound of machine.

Is Echocardiogram alone sufficient for ruling out heart-attack? Declined MRI due to having bad migraines & sensitivity to the sound of machine.

No: However, if you have a normal Echo and elevated troponin levels, you may have had a small heart attack. Your doctor should have told you about the troponin, if there was a concern for a heart attack. CT can be used in place of MRI. Delayed images will show an area of heart injury. However, you need to balance the radiation dose with you need to know if all else is negative. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan which reported increased liver arterial pressure. I then had an echocardiogram which reported mild right atrium enlargement. Does this sound consistent with pulmonary hypertentsion? I have no other pulmonary symptoms such as difficulty

I had a CT scan which reported increased liver arterial pressure. I then had an echocardiogram which reported mild right atrium enlargement. Does this sound consistent with pulmonary hypertentsion? I have no other pulmonary symptoms such as difficulty

Investigate more: Both of these could be signs of pulmonary hypertension, but could also be signs of liver problems, left heart failure, and so on. A right heart catheterization plus other testing of your heart and liver should be performed. See a pulmonologist who specializes in pulmonary hypertension to help make the diagnosis first. ...Read more

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What does "unremarkable" mean in an echocardiogram?

What does "unremarkable" mean in an echocardiogram?

Likely normal: Often times unremarkable means likely normal or if no important medical consequences in medical jargon. ...Read more

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Does the timing of a mumur matter if the echocardiogram comes back normal?

Does the timing of a mumur matter if the echocardiogram comes back normal?

No not really: As echocardiogram should reveal any pathological valve disease...For the record, diastolic murmurs are never normal. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a normal echocardiogram as opposed to stress echocardiogram?

What's the difference between a normal echocardiogram as opposed to stress echocardiogram?

Echo: An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your heart to evaluate structure and function. A normal transthoracic echo is done with you lying on your back. A stress echo is conducted with you "under stress" - at our institution it is done while patient is cycling. ...Read more

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What are normal measurements for an echocardiogram? Is there a website that shows normal ranges?

Echocardiogram: Measurements are age related. You can go to the website of the american society of echocardiography. ...Read more

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Dr elden rand. Thanks for answering my message. So this isn't the start of ash? Do you usually see numbers like mine one normal people on echocardiogram?

Dr elden rand. Thanks for answering my message. So this isn't the start of ash? Do you usually see numbers like mine one normal people on echocardiogram?

Not typical for ASH: You are welcome.
Your values would not be typical for the start of ash/hcm. Your values would be typical in a normal echo.
If you have a family history of hcm, then periodic reevaluation is necessary, otherwise would not routinely reevaluate with echo, unless other symptoms occur. ...Read more

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Clicking in heartbeat but echocardiogram normal?

Clicking in heartbeat but echocardiogram normal?

Click: I presume your refer to your doctor hearing a click when you were examined. The cause of a click does not always show on an echocardiogram, but if the echo is normal; the click would not likely be anything serious. ...Read more

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Why might it be that the dr order an echocardiogram if all test came normal?

Why might it be that the dr order an echocardiogram if all test came normal?

Heart: Many test choices. Echo shows structure and function. Angio shows blood vessels. Nuclear shows perfusion. They all show additional things too and there are other tests too. ...Read more

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Normal echocardiogram ivs/lvpw ratio? Mine is ivs. 8. Lvpw. 7. I'm kind of worried...

Normal IVS/LVPW: Ivs - intraventricular septal width; normal 0.6-1.1 cm
lvpw - left ventricular posterior wall thickness; normal 0.6-1.1 cm

ivs/lvpw - ratio of the ivs to the lvpw; normal is close to 1.

Ivs/lvpw >=1.3, concentric hypertrophy

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Echocardiogram results normal. But when he listens he hears murmur. What's up?

Echocardiogram results normal. But when he listens he hears murmur. What's up?

Echo: You were probably referred for an echo upon your physician hearing the murmur - if echo demonstrates normal cardiac structure and function, the murmur is what we refer to as an "innocent murmur" - this means it is being caused just by hearing the normal sound of blood going through the heart. Discuss your concerns/questions with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Is trivial pericardial effusion normal in echocardiogram? 26years old.

Likely: We all normally have a measurable volume of fluid in the pericardial sac. The fluid is meant to provide lubrication to facilitate the movement of heart during contraction. ...Read more

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