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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
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Transthoracic Echocardiogram (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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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How does a transesophageal echocardiogram procedure work?

How does a transesophageal echocardiogram procedure work?

TEE: A transesophageal echocardiogram (tee) uses ultrasound on a probe that can be easily slid down the throat and esophagus to lay immediately behind the heart. Because it is so close to the heart, very high resolution ultrasound images of the heart can be obtained. When a transthoracic echo (tte, or outside echo) doesn't show the heart structures, tee is very useful. ...Read more

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What is the procedure of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

What is the procedure of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

TEE: Transesophageal echocardiogram is an ultrasound examination of the heart. The esophagus lives right behind the heart, so if an ultrasound transducer is placed inside the esophagus, a technologist or cardiologist can get a very nice window to look at the heart. ...Read more

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What is the significance of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

What is the significance of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

Better picture: Tee is a more comprehensive look at the heart compared to the trans thoracic view. It is done inside the esophagus and allows better images to be obtained of various areas within the heart. It requires sedation however since most people don't like big probes in their esophagus. It is a very safe procedure. ...Read more

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How do doctors perform transesophageal echocardiogram?

How do doctors perform transesophageal echocardiogram?

Swallow tube: The transducer, which is like a camera, is passed through your mouth down into the esphagus and positioned at the back of the heart. Because the back of the heart rests agains the esophagus, there is less in the way so that the images are much clearer than if they are taken through the chest wall. The patinet is sedated just as if we were looking into the stomach or esophagus. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a transesophageal echocardiogram december2011, I have severely enlarged lft & rt atrium how dangerous?

TEE: You should discuss the results of the TEE and their implications for you with your Dr. And the Dr. Who performed the TEE if not the same. They should be able to explain to you what is wrong with your heart and the implications and recommended steps to be taken from the information. There are multiple possibilities for enlarged atria. ...Read more

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Docs, could a transesophageal echocardiogram detect pulmonary hypertension?

Docs, could a transesophageal echocardiogram detect pulmonary hypertension?

Sure: Any echo can look for indirect evidence of Pulm HTN such as right heart failure or high velocity tricuspid regurgitation. Direct pressure measurements are not possible non-invasively and require a right heart cath. ...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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What's the process transesophageal echocardiography?

TEE: Tee is done under sedative meds which let you not remember the procedure. The back of the throat is numbed and a tube is placed through your mouth and down the esophagus which runs behind the heart. Ultrasound pictures are taken to view the heart in detail. Usually done for looking at the valves, ruling out blood clot in the heart, or looking at "holes in the heart". Lasts about 30 min. ...Read more

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Which is the process transesophageal echocardiography?

Procedure: A tee is a procedure done under sedation where an ultrasound probe is inserted through the mouth into the esophagus and images are obtained of the heart. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need a transesophageal echocardiography?

How do I know if I need a transesophageal echocardiography?

TEE: Transesophageal echocardiogram is modality where ultrasound equipped probe is introduced in the esophagus to get a better view of the valvular anatomy of the heart, looking for specifically vegetations/emboli. ...Read more

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What is difference between surface and transesophageal echocardiography?

Location: Surface echocardiogram-the ultrasound transducer is on the chest wall. In transesophageal echocardiogram, the transducer is placed down into the esophagus, much like an endoscopy. The imaging is clearer with transesophageal echo which helps when looking for prosthetic valves, clots or infected valves. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: transesophageal echocardiography?

What is the definition or description of: transesophageal echocardiography?

TEE: In a tee the transducer is passed into the throat down into the esophagus. A tee uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. It is used in management of patients in whom transthoracic images are inadequate. 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

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Should transesophageal echocardiography be performed in all patients before cardioversion?

Should transesophageal echocardiography be performed in all patients before cardioversion?

It depends.: If the patient has been on a blood thinner for at least 4 weeks then most of the time, it is not necessary. However if the patient is not on a blood thinner, then tee is recommended to detect clot (s) in the heart. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what echocardiogram means?

Ultrasound of heart: An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound of the heart. Just like an ultrasound of a pregnant woman shows a real-time picture of the fetus, an echocardiogram shows a real-time picture of the heart. An echocardiogram can show if heart valves are abnormal, if the heart is thickened or dilated, how well the heart can pump, if there are any holes in the heart walls, and other heart problems. ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram technician do?

Performs the exam: The echocardiogram technician actually performs the echocardiographic exam. Most centers have a routine "complete" examination, but sometimes very specific procedures are necessary or requested by the physician. ...Read more

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When did echocardiogram start being performed?

1953: The original description of m-mode echocardiography in 1953, by inge edler (1911–2001) and his physicist friend hellmuth hertz, marked the beginning of this new diagnostic noninvasive technique
the 1st clinical application of diagnostic cardiac ultrasound was actually in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with pericardial effusion. ...Read more

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What to do if I got an echocardiogram as a female?

Should be fine: An echocardiogram is a dedicated comprehensive ultrasound focusing on the heart. It provides a rich array of information about the structure as well as function of the heart and heart valves. It requires no radiation nor contrast, therefore poses minimal risk to patient. I think you should be just fine having had this and look forward to the detailed results described above. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could cause my echocardiogram to come out abnormal?

Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram would be used to evaluate cardiac anatomy, cardiac function, valvular disease and valvular hemodynamics. Basically abnormalities in cardiac structure or function would lead to an abnormal echo. Of course this is always one piece of the puzzle. Your clinical symptoms, and history should be discussed with your cardiologist to decide what course of action would be necessary. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me what does an echocardiogram consist of?

Can someone tell me what does an echocardiogram consist of?

Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram uses sound waves to create images, or pictures, of the heart from outside the body. It is a safe and essentially painless test that yields a great deal of information about the heart structures. ...Read more

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What are the bright areas that show up on an echocardiogram?

Echo bright: Areas that are white on an echocardiogram are densities that can be either thickened tissue or calcium deposits. Other metal items such as mechanical valves, stents or pacemaker leads can also appear white. ...Read more

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What diagnosis are covered by insurance to have an echocardiogram?

Many, many, many: The list is too long to write here. Common indications are chest pain, shortness of breath, heart murmur, and abnormal chest x-ray or ekg. ...Read more

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My latest echocardiogram showed a slightly lower ef. Should I be concerned?

My latest echocardiogram showed a slightly lower ef. Should I be concerned?

Yes but: A lower ef means something is up. It should be investigated. If you use alcohol, you should stop. You need a nuclear or echo stress test. If you have paroxysms of fast heart rhythm, they should be investigated. Medication may restore your ef. Follow up is important. ...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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Transesophageal Echocardiogram (Definition)

Http://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/health-topics/topics/tee/. ...Read more