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What does an echocardiogram tell about your heart?

What does an echocardiogram tell about your heart?

A bundle!: Size, shape, function ( how well the muscle squeezes) and valve structure and leakage. Can also get info about pressures. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Echocardiogram (Definition)

Echo refers to reflections of sound waves, typically 0.5-10mhz, sent through a body structure, all variants of water density. Cardio refers to heart. Gram refers to a picture or graphical representation of the data. A form of us, these help see certain aspects of our hearts behavior/function, real-time in motion picture video. Quality & usefulness varies widely as ...Read more


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Does an echocardiogram tell everything thats is wrong with the heart?

Does an echocardiogram tell everything thats is wrong with the heart?

NO: Echocardiography can tell a lot about heart function, valvular function and motion, it can also tell about fluid around the heart .But it may not tell exactly about narrowing or the coronary arteries as well as completely diagnosed congenital heart disease and grade of the shunt. ...Read more

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Does an echocardiogram tell everything thats is majorly dangerously wrong with the heart?

Not at all: It can't see narrowed or blocked coronary arteries or electrical shortcuts or arhythmias. ...Read more

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Would an echocardiogram detect an enlarge heart? Had the echo about 2 years ago....

Would an echocardiogram detect an enlarge heart? Had the echo about 2 years ago....

Yes: An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your heart - similar to the ones used to monitor a fetus before it is born. They give detailed information about the size and functionality of different areas of the heart. ...Read more

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I had a clear echocardiogram about 19 months ago. Could someone still have heart issues this soon after having a clear one?

Echo: The Echo can certainly change in 19mo. People with anxiety as a prominent part of their picture generally have anxiety to explain their symptoms however. Your doc can judge if you status has changed. ...Read more

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About 15 months ago I had an echocardiogram which led to good results. What is the likely of having heart problems since my last test?

About 15 months ago I had an echocardiogram which led to good results. What is the likely of having heart problems since my last test?

Heart problems: There are many kinds of 'heart problems'. Having a normal echocardiogram rules out many of them and is unlikely to change without something happening to you and signalling its presence by symptoms. Those 'heart problems' not demonstrated by echocardiogram, of course, aren't included. ...Read more

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Fetal echocardiogram performed this morning. What does that show and not show about the heart?

Fetal echocardiogram: A fetal echocardiogram shows the structures of the heart such as the walls, the atria, ventricles and the valves. It is used to look for abnormalities of the valves or other congenital abnormalities such as an atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect. ...Read more

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Can an echocardiogram tell if you have inflammation of a major heart valve?

No: An echocardiogram can tell valve "leakiness", valve "stenosis" and other structural abnormalities such as cholesterol build up, "healed" scar from prior infection, or "prolapse", cannot really tell "inflammation". ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Cardiac Echo (Definition)

Cardiac echo is a somewhat redundant term for "echocardiogram." during this painless procedure, harmless sound waves are passed into the chest and reflected back, providing a detailed image of the heart, measures of the flow of blood within it, and information about certain structures which surround ...Read more