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Regular Echocardiogram Detect Atherosclerosis
No: A standard echocardiogram (echo) does not evaluate atherosclerosis, although if there has been a heart attack and heart muscle damage the effects may be able to be visualized. A test like a stress test (with or without myocardial perfusion imaging), coronary ct/mri and cardiac catheterization are often employed to detect atherosclerosis.A stress echo is designed to evaluate for the presence of cad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more
Indirectly: An echo shows how the heart looks structurally and how it functions mechanically. Indirectly this can shed light on the likelihood of atherosclerosis by showing damage to the heart such as after an mi (affecting structure and function). A functional imaging study (stress echocardiogram) can test for the presence of significant coronary artery disease. ...Read more
If my cholesterol, and blood sugars and echocardiogram all are looking good, could I still have atherosclerosis? Any tests to determine if I do?
An echocardiogram..?: A chest x-ray cannot by any means detect this. A rapid 32/inch ct scan can, but quite expensive and not covered by many plans. A conventional exk can find evidence for prior heart damage including an mi, but will not address current blockage. However, a stress test (ekg based), with an individual walking on a treadmill can document coronary ischemia by looking at st-segment depression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a positive stress echocardiogram so they told me it reflected angina but my angiogram shows no blocked arteries what does it mean?
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
Not really : There is no test to tell u if u will develop dissection or not . Regular or trans-thoracic echo can detect dissection in the ascending part of the thoracic aorta but can't see other parts. Ct angiography, mra or trans-esophageal echo is better tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy be missed during an echocardiogram? (A regular echo, done while lying down.)
I have had regular stress test. Nuclear stress test echocardiogram and heart catherization. All normal what's chance missed blockage or pulm htn?
Doppler effect: The echocardiogram utilizes ultrasound and a principle called the doppler effect. Doppler effect means sound waves are reflected at different velocities and this information is electronically transformed to allow visualization of structural details and provide information about blood flow velocities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask your Doctor: Echocardiogram is an ultrasound exam of your heart. it looks at the heart valves, heart muscles, blood vessels, and how they function. The exam is used when the doctor things there may be a problem with your heart muscle, valves, or blood vessels. There are too many indications to list, but your doctor or a cardiologist can determine if you should get one. ...Read more
Yes: As is the case with any test, if it is not done properly the results can be misleading. The technician doing the test has to have certain skills or the test can be misleading or just not of good enough quality to give the information being looked for. "garbage in, garbage out" they say. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more
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