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What is the yellow color mean on my echocardiogram?

What is the yellow color mean on my echocardiogram?

Blood direction: Colors on echocardiography indicate blood direction. Red indicates flow towards the transducer, and blue indicates flow away from the transducer. Yellow (and green) idicate acceleration or turbulent flow. ...Read more

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I had a fetal echocardiogram and the image on the screen showed a lot of yellow, red, blue. What does that mean?

I had a fetal echocardiogram and the image on the screen showed a lot of yellow, red, blue. What does that mean?

Not much: You probably saw doppler signals - images of how sounds travel through the tissue as seen from the ultrasound probe. As long as the echocardiogram was ok, no need to worry about colors. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what echocardiogram means?

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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My echocardiogram report says LVEF "reasonable to good" what does this mean Ejection fraction wise? 30% 40% 50% 60%?

Echocardiogram: "reasonable to good" is that reader's usage and you'd have to ask that reader to be sure what was meant. In my view 50-55% is reasonable to good. ...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?

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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On my echocardiogram, it says "EF (Teich): 72.8%". What does this mean please?

Very normal: Teich is the abbreviation of Teicholz method; scientist who came up with calculation using US to estimate left ventricle ejection fraction. Any number above 55% is typically considered normal. So this basically means your main pumping chamber in the heart is functioning normally with effective forward flow. ...Read more

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Is incomplete RBBB on echocardiogram, does it mean it's blocked?

No: Incomplete RBBB can be a normal variant in 15% of the adult population and as such is a benign finding on ECG, not echocardiogram. It basically means that the message from atria to ventricle traverses just a few msec slower down the right branch of the atrio-ventricular conduction system, than the left fork. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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On my echocardiogram they said the bubbles showed up on other side after 7 beats. What does this mean?

Bubble study: We do bubble studies to see if there is abnormal right to left flow in the heart. Ask the lab performing and interpreting the study if that's what they mean by their wording. ...Read more

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Hi, just wondering what ' high volocity jet across the outflow tract' means on a echocardiogram. Thank you.

Echo: High velocity flow across an outflow tract is to be expected. If there is outflow obstruction, then the flow velocity will be even higher. The high velocity flow statement needs more information to interpret. ...Read more

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My echocardiogram says I had a normal sinus rhythm. Does that mean I have a normal QT?

My echocardiogram says I had a normal sinus rhythm. Does that mean I have a normal QT?

Normal QT: While one would assume so, the only accurate way is to have or have had an electrocardiogram done and then measure the QT interval on it.
I will assume one was done because most times one gets that done before one gets an echocardiogram.
I would contact the person who ordered the echocardiogram. ...Read more

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Perfect echocardiogram, 24h ecg showed some ST Sagging, no further tests recommended, what does this mean?

Perfect echocardiogram, 24h ecg showed some ST Sagging, no further tests recommended, what does this mean?

Non-invasive CV eval: Non-specific EKG changes during stress testing are common. Stress imaging (ECHO, nuclear or MRI) carries more weight as it allows the doctor to assess the flow of blood into different parts of the heart muscle and also assesses the 'Ejection Fraction', which is a measure of the strength of heart contractions, above 55% being normal. Coronary calcium scores assess heart artery blockage risk. ...Read more

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I had a normal echocardiogram but a abnormal nuclear stress test. I was told that a abnormal test means you have more than 70% blockages?

Physiologically,: Arterial blockages are usually not symptomatic or highly obvious on noninvasive testing until they reach 70%. The abnormal test is wrong (falsely positive) 15% of the time too so you won't know for certain without an invasive test or perhaps very high quality CT angiogram. Discuss these concerns with your health care provider to figure out what your next step should be in your evaluation. ...Read more

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What does a higher than normal range ivsd, lvpwd and lvpws means in an heart echocardiogram? What does an fs% lower than normal mean too? Mine at 28%

What does a higher than normal range ivsd, lvpwd and lvpws means in an heart echocardiogram? What does an fs% lower than normal mean too? Mine at 28%

Range: A range is just that: a range. With mostly 2 standard deviations above and below mean. Some normal values will be higher and some will be lower. These ranges, just like a fractional shortening, are only part of the info a complete echo report gives you. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bilateral atrial enlargement and preserved left ventrical systolic function on my recent echocardiogram. What does all this mean?

I was diagnosed with bilateral atrial enlargement and preserved left ventrical systolic function on my recent echocardiogram. What does all this mean?

Biatrial enlargement: Is an increase in the size of both the upper two chambers of the heart--the right and left atria. The preserved left ventricular systolic function means the heart muscle itself is pumping normally. Atrial enlargement can be due to a problem with the heart valves, or chronic lung disease on the right, systemic hypertension on the left. It requires an expert cardiology evaluation to clarify. ...Read more

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Hi there I had an Echocardiogram done the report says TAPSE 28mm what does this mean?

Hi there I had an Echocardiogram done the report says TAPSE 28mm what does this mean?

LookItUp, Use Google: Like all areas of human activity, humans like simplicity, unique to each area, very much including the medical disease system, thus many acronyms. The good news, you are paying attention and asking question as the person primarily in charge of all your medial/life decisions. Likely TAPSE is: Tricuspid Annular Plane Systolic Excursion, a crude indicator of ventricular diastolic & systolic function. ...Read more

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My ef number was 78%, higher than standard range. What does this mean? On echocardiogram.

Not Much: The ef measurements on an echo can sometimes be a little off. As long as the number isn't low (less than 50%) you're ok. When the measurement comes back at some number like 78%, it generally only means the heart function is normal. ...Read more

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My echocardiogram said I have anterior leaflet thickening of the mitral valve--what does that mean?

Incidental finding: Anterior leaflet thickening is not an uncommon finding and is usually seen incidentally. It is of little clinical significance if it is not associated with more than mild regurgitation or "leakage" of the mitral valve, restriction in opening of the valve, or other structural heart disease. So essentially, if the rest of the echo is normal probably nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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I just had an echocardiogram and it said my inferior vena cava is small, w respiratory size variation greater than 50%. What does that mean?

Probably...: ...not much. These values are important if you are in an ICU or have recent trauma with shock. It indicates low blood volume and predicts that a patient will improve with volume therapy. If you are walking around and doing daily living without shortness of breath or dizziness, then the measurements do not mean much. ...Read more

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Does a normal echocardiogram mean heart murmur is benign?

Does a normal echocardiogram mean heart murmur is benign?

Murmur: A heart murmur. A murmur is just noise. Sometimes serious problems cause a murmur many times a murmur is caused by normal flow. Patients often mistranslate what the dr. Tells them.
A normal echocardiogram implies there is no heart abnormality causing the noise ...Read more

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I had a echocardiogram a year ago, overall it was ok but my doctor diagnosed me with atrial enlargement (right). What does this mean?

Right atrium: Isolated right atrial enlargement can be due to a variety of abnormal physiological causes. It can also be a spurious finding related to the plane of imaging. Best to discuss with your doctor to get the explanation most appropriate for your situation. ...Read more

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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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Ekg and a echocardiogram and the test results were normal. Does this mean my heart is normal?

Ekg and a echocardiogram and the test results were normal. Does this mean my heart is normal?

Not necessarily: These tests can only pick up so many of the abnormalities. It is possible that you have narrowing of the coronary arteries but the blockage is not severe enough to show up in these tests. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor to see what are the results of other tests, including lab tests and what, if any life style changes or medications may be needed. ...Read more

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What does it mean when after a 2d echocardiogram that says normal heart and then says artoic vavle is leaking?

What does it mean when after a 2d echocardiogram that says normal heart and then says artoic vavle is leaking?

2 different things: "normal heart) likely refers to the function of your left ventricle (the main pumping chamber of the heart). Leaking aortic valve means some of the blood ejected from your heart is leaking back into the heart instead of going forward to the rest of your body. This is not always a significant problem however. ...Read more

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I had a positive stress echocardiogram so they told me it reflected angina but my angiogram shows no blocked arteries what does it mean?

I had a positive stress echocardiogram so they told me it reflected angina but my angiogram shows no blocked arteries what does it mean?

It means: You don't have large coronary artery disease. But the the smaller arteries not seen on angio could be ischemic and may explain your system. Or your heart condition is not not from an ischemic cause which would also explain the normal angio and abnormal echo. ...Read more

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