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What is an angiogram for the heart?

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What is an angiogram for the heart?

Contrast is: Injected into the heart arteries while x-ray movies are taken. ...Read more

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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 ECG and an angiogram?

What is a ECG and an angiogram?

Quite different: An ekg records how the electrical impulse is transmitted through your heart's conduction system. An angiogram is looking at blood flow through the vessels supplying blood to our heart muscles. ...Read more

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What is the diagnostic test for cardiac asthma?

What is the diagnostic test for cardiac asthma?

Not asthma: This is not asthma. It's similar symptoms due to heart failure. Your doctor can test your heart (EKG, Echocardiogram) about heart failure and examine you. Treating cardiac asthma involves addressing the heart component. ...Read more

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What is the diagnostic test for cardiac asthma?

What is the diagnostic test for cardiac asthma?

Not asthma: This is not asthma. It's similar symptoms due to heart failure. Your doctor can test your heart (EKG, Echocardiogram) about heart failure and examine you. Treating cardiac asthma involves addressing the heart component. ...Read more

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Is an EKG test a reliable way of knowing your heart is ok?

Is an EKG test a reliable way of knowing your heart is ok?

Ecg: The ECG is diagnostic for cardiac rhythm, it is indicative of other things. After history and physical exam it is one of the first basic tests we use. Other tests are more informative for things other than rhythm. ...Read more

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What happens if heart patient troponic test is good is there need of echo doppler test ?

What happens if heart patient troponic test is good is there need of echo doppler test ?

Depends: The troponin level should be normal and is used in the setting of worsening chest pain to evaluate for a heart attack. if you have other symptoms like shortness of breath or fatigue, an echo doppler might still be useful despite a normal troponin. ...Read more

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Is a coronary calcium ct scan a good test to see of there is plaque in the heart arteries? how accurate is it? my cta was inconclusive. heart rate fas

Is a coronary calcium ct scan a good test to see of there is plaque in the heart arteries? how accurate is it? my cta was inconclusive. heart rate fas

Coronary Calcium: Coronary Calcium analysis is a method to detect calcified cholesterol in the coronary arteries. A score of zero is quite helpful and predictive in the correct age group. The difficulty is that in younger people, there may be noncalcified cholesterol plaques in the arteries which would not be detected on a coronary calcium screening test, so cardiac CTA or invasive angiography would be considered. ...Read more

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What is the importance of an ECG to diagnose my heart disease?

What is the importance of an ECG to diagnose my heart disease?

ECG: ECG is a basic test in cardiac diagnosis. If your cardiac problem is arrhythmia, the ECG is crucial/essential. Because of the complex nature of heart disease, we want an ECG on everybody as part of their cardiac evaluation. ...Read more

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What is a stress test for the heart and why is it important?

What is a stress test for the heart and why is it important?

ForAdvancedDisease: Promoted for detecting artery disease, but misses most disease; arteries expand, not narrow. ~75%, or more, narrowing required before stress tests, all forms, begin to detect any abnormalities. Nuclear (more expensive ; radiation) promoted as more sensitive. For all I have seen, a well done ekg exercise stress more sensitive ; accurate. I quit doing stress tests 1995; for better protection options. ...Read more

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Does an EKG detect the severity of heart damage, or is another test needed?

Does an EKG detect the severity of heart damage, or is another test needed?

ECG : In some situations the ECG can correlate well with amount of heart damage. Other tests like echocardiography are more sensitive and specific. ...Read more

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Is an EKG and echocardiogram the same?

Is an EKG and echocardiogram the same?

Different: Ekg (electrocardiogram) refers to a graph of the electrical activity of the heart. Echocardiogram refers to ultrasound test which allows to actually see the structure and function of the heart. ...Read more

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What is a pulmonary function test and what is the procedure for it?

What is a pulmonary function test and what is the procedure for it?

Checks lung function: Pfts check numerous areas of lung capacity, flow rates, etc. And are useful in treating/diagnosing emphysema, copd, restrictive ariway diseases, asthma, and understanding lung capabilites prior to surgery. This would be common in smokers, elderly, or in patients with lung diseases like cystic fibrosis. Pfts are easy and done in a lab or pulmonary specialist's facility. ...Read more

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What is a good test for heart disease?

What is a good test for heart disease?

Cardiac testing: There are lots of 'good tests', we choose by what we need to know. ECG gives us general rate, rhythm and some other info. Echocardiography shows anatomy, physiology and some other info. Nuclear imaging can show anatomy, some physiology and other info. Radiographic angiograpy is very important for coronary anatomy. There are plenty of other 'good tests' too. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an EKG and an eeg? Be specific, please.

What is the difference between an EKG and an eeg? Be specific, please.

Ecg: One measures heart electrical activity, the other measures brain electrical activity. ...Read more

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What are the differences between an ECG and echo tests done for heart ailments?

What are the differences between an ECG and echo tests done for heart ailments?

ECHO: Echocardiogram uses sound waves to image the heart. Ecg records the electrical signals from the heart they are different data sets. ...Read more

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What is main test for heart strength? Echo? What about the cardiac output?

What is main test for heart strength? Echo? What about the cardiac output?

Echocardiography: There are other modalities that can calculate "heart strength" (how well is the heart pumping blood) and cardiac output (how many liters of blood are pumped per minute) but the most accessible and non-invasive is an echo. By measuring the heart when full of blood and then when fully contracted you can estimate the effectiveness of the "squeeze" as well as the volume pumped. ...Read more

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What is the best test to see if my heart arteries are clear besides the heart cath? Whatever is the most accurate.

What is the best test to see if my heart arteries are clear besides the heart cath? Whatever is the most accurate.

Exercise stress test: The EST tests the functionality of the heart as you are asking it to do more and more work in a gradually increasing fashion and you watch to see how it responds to that stress. Various norms have been set up over many years and it is used all around the world. ...Read more

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What is main test for heart strength? Echo? What about the cardiac output?

Echocardiography: There are other modalities that can calculate "heart strength" (how well is the heart pumping blood) and cardiac output (how many liters of blood are pumped per minute) but the most accessible and non-invasive is an echo. By measuring the heart when full of blood and then when fully contracted you can estimate the effectiveness of the "squeeze" as well as the volume pumped. ...Read more

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