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Dr. Charles Pollick
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Transthoracic Echocardiogram (Overview)

An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. A transducer is placed over the chest wall to create images. It is used in the diagnosis and management of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases. It creates ultrasound images of heart structures including the heart muscle itself as well as valves. Doppler waves evaluate blood flow throughout the heart.


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What is the definition or description of: transthoracic echocardiogram?

What is the definition or description of: transthoracic echocardiogram?

Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. A transducer is placed over the chest wall to create images. It is used in the diagnosis and management of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases. It creates ultrasound images of heart structures including the heart muscle itself as well as valves. Doppler waves evaluate blood flow throughout the heart. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Pollick
22 Doctors shared insights

Transthoracic Echocardiogram (Overview)

An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. A transducer is placed over the chest wall to create images. It is used in the diagnosis and management of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases. It creates ultrasound images of heart structures including the heart muscle itself as well as valves. Doppler waves evaluate blood flow throughout the heart.


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Transthoracic echocardiogram, chest x ray, renal sonogram, lots of blood work by hematologist, lupus test found nothing after splenic infarct. Am I ok?

Transthoracic echocardiogram, chest x ray, renal sonogram, lots of blood work by hematologist, lupus test found nothing after splenic infarct. Am I ok?

Splenic infarct: You have a lot of normal tests. This is a good thing. You should discuss with your doctor (s) who know you best what their impression is. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between transthoracic echo and doppler echocardiogram.?

Doctors, what is the difference between transthoracic echo and doppler echocardiogram.?

The same: Doppler is part of every transthoracic echo procedure. Whereas the non-doppler portion of the test outlines structures, doppler focuses on blood flow. ...Read more

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Does insurance cover echocardiograms?

Does insurance cover echocardiograms?

Maybe: You need to contact your insurance company and see if your benefits cover the exam. Most will, but how much they will pay for and what you will need to pay varies. ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram do?

What does an echocardiogram do?

Images the heart: An echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves to deliver a set of moving images of the heart. It gives us a lot of information about the function (and the strength) of the heart, its valves and the blood flow through the chambers. ...Read more

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What does a echocardiogram show?

What does a echocardiogram show?

Several things: The heart muscle, the valves, arteries such as the aorta, the four chambers of the heart, fluid around the heart if present, how hard the heart is contracting, whether it is too weak or too thick. ...Read more

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How does an echocardiogram function?

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 more

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What does an echocardiogram look for?

What does an echocardiogram look for?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. ...Read more

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When does someone need an echocardiogram?

When does someone need an echocardiogram?

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

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Can an echocardiogram be done incorrectly?

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 more

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What can you expect with an echocardiogram?

What can you expect with an echocardiogram?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. The test is not uncomfortable and is painless. ...Read more

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Help, what to expect with an echocardiogram?

Help, what to expect with an echocardiogram?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. The test is not uncomfortable and is painless. ...Read more

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How reliable is an echocardiogram for diagnosis?

Depends: It depends on what you are trying to diagnosis. It is obviously of no use in diagnosing appendicitis. For leakage or a block in a heart valve it is very reliable. Same as for measuring how hard the muscle is contracting or whether the heart chambers are enlarged. It also depends on technical issues. Less reliable if you are 400 pounds or have lung disease. ...Read more

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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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What does it mean if I had WMSI=2 on my echocardiogram?

What does it mean if I had WMSI=2 on my echocardiogram?

WMSI is: Peak wall motion score index. It is used to predict the risk of future cardiac events. Normal=1. A WMSI of 2 indicates significant wall motion abnormalities and increased risk of cardiac events. Talk to your cardiologists about the results. ...Read more

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My echocardiogram said 27mm is this a good or a bad thing?

27 mm?: What was 27 mm - your left atrium? Your aortic root? Your interventricular septum? Your mitral E point to septal separation? Etc.? Some of those would be good and some very very bad, depending on what it was that was 27 mm! ...Read more

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How do doctors do a echocardiogram?

Ultrasound of heart: Generally a technologist performs the echo which is an ultrasound of the heart. They follow a methodical procedure to take images of the heart via ultrasound from the chest. The tech also takes measurements. All of these views are put together to create a file of images and the tech puts the measurements together in a report. The doctor review the images, the report and then reports on findings. ...Read more

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How do doctors do an echocardiogram?

How do doctors do an echocardiogram?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. The test is not uncomfortable and is painless. ...Read more

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How do doctors interpret an echocardiogram?

How do doctors interpret an echocardiogram?

See below: We look at the heart muscle, the valves, the other blood vessels. We look at the structures themselves to see if they are normal or not. Valves for instance can be thickened or have calcium in them. The heart muscle can be too thick or may not contract normally. The doppler part involves looking at the direction and speed of flow of the blood. It might tell us that a valve is leaking or blocked. ...Read more

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How come I need a echocardiogram, after having a angiogram?

How come I need a echocardiogram, after having a angiogram?

The: Angiogram does a great job of telling us the degree of occlusion within the heart blood vessels. The echo however gives us information about the muscle and valve function. These two things together are needed for the best care. ...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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So what shows if you have a blockage all I had was an echocardiogram and he tells me I have 40 percent blockage?

Echo: Your question suggests you didn't understand what you were told. You should ask the Doc to explain to you what was learned from the echo and make clear to you what it means. ...Read more

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When is a fetal echocardiogram important?

Suspected problems: If you ob/gyn doctor or maternal fetal medicine specialist recommend a fetal echocardiogram, it is usually because they suspect some sort of malformation in the fetuses heart, lungs, etc. It may be because they notice something on a prior ultrasound, or they just want to be safe/cautious if you are at a higher risk of having a baby with a congenital heart problem. ...Read more

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Is radiation used during an echocardiogram?

No: This is a big advantage over certain other tests. ...Read more

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