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Do i need to worry about sca with a normal cardiac workup( ekg, echo, stress, chest xray and CT scan)? Blood work overall normal, scared/high anxiety?!

Do i need to worry about sca with a normal cardiac workup( ekg, echo, stress, chest xray and CT scan)? Blood work overall normal, scared/high anxiety?!

Probably not: A sudden cardiac arrest (sca) is a rare phenomenon. It almost always occurs in patients who have cardiac disease: either electrical, mechanical, or related to a heart attack. It sounds as though all of your testing has been normal. This should provide some relief from your anxiety. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Echo (Definition)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen ...Read more


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What is a cardiac echo useful for?

What is a cardiac echo useful for?

Echo: An echo is designed to provide structural and functional data on how the heart contracts and performs as a pump. It also provides valuable information on valvular function, and assessment of pericardial disease. It is helpful in triaging damage after a heart attack. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cardiac echo?

What is the definition or description of: cardiac echo?

Heart Ultrasound: 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 the heart as well. ...Read more

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Is the cardiac echo accurate if the patient doesn't try his hardest?

Is the cardiac echo accurate if the patient doesn't try his hardest?

Echo: There is no trying involved, this is taking images from the heart using ultrasound. Patients need to follow the directions of the technician and the images will be recorded. ...Read more

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Is this to worry about? Cardiac echo said: diastolic parameters borderline abnormal. Lateral peak velocity 14cm/second, medial 6cm/second.

Is this to worry about? Cardiac echo said: diastolic parameters borderline abnormal. Lateral peak velocity 14cm/second, medial 6cm/second.

Borderline: diiastolic dysfucntion. Diastolic dysfunction is caused by the heart not relaxing adequately between heart beats.. The best things you can do are take your medications follow a low fat low salt diet and exercise aerobically daily. ...Read more

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What all can be seen during a pediatric cardiac echo ?

What all can be seen during a pediatric cardiac echo ?

Plenty: A full pediatric echo looks at the entire structure of the heart and blood vessels. It is not taken for granted that anything is "normal" until evaluated. Function of the ventricles, valves, and major blood vessels are evaluated. Often there is no need for further studies in order to recommend any needed surgical intervention. ...Read more

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What might make a dr say "the cardiac echo didn't show 'much' "? (yes, i'm having it sent to my current doc)

What might make a dr say "the cardiac echo didn't show 'much' "? (yes, i'm having it sent to my current doc)

Minor abnormalities: Most echocardiograms are not 100% normal, but the mild findings are often of no clinical significance. Yes, ask exactly what the abnormalities may be. ...Read more

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Looking at becoming an cardiac echo tech. Are there many jobs out there? Good schools in socal? Looking to make a decent living. Ekg tech maybe?

Looking at becoming an cardiac echo tech. Are there many jobs out there? Good schools in socal? Looking to make a decent living. Ekg tech maybe?

Good idea: An echo tech is a good job and can make a decent living. Ekg tech won't do much for you-it's not a sole position; you'd have to do other things and it doesn't pay. Consider school to become a pacemaker tech - they do very well and the demand for trained people is increasing as device use is on the rise. ...Read more

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36 M with clean cardiac echo stress and lipids. No risk factors. Pain in lower back and localized pain in upper left chest for 9 mths. Cardiac? Scared

36 M with clean cardiac echo stress and lipids. No risk factors. Pain in lower back and localized pain in upper left chest for 9 mths. Cardiac? Scared

Very unlikely: at age 36 and without risk factors (smoking, high BP, family history, diabetes, high cholesterol) you are at very low risk for coronary blockage. Throw in a normal stress Echo and the fact u have had pain for 9 months without heart attack, chance this is heart is minuscule. Check out my website http://CardioGauge.com for more about heart disease risk. Best wishes.... ...Read more

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I had a cardiac echo stress test recently, results were normal but they did find a single ruptured tendinae. What is chance of valve issues later?

I had a cardiac echo stress test recently, results were normal but they did find a single ruptured tendinae. What is chance of valve issues later?

Ruptured tindinae: Likely not. However ask your provider if there is any mitral regurgitation . You should also ask if you have an audible mumur associated with the valve, and if so that would require periodic surveillance with physical exam. You probably would not need another echo unless abnormal murmur appeared or you developed symptoms ...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


Dr. Peter Ihle
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more