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Chest pains! xray, CT scan, bloodwork, holter monitor, echocardiogram, echo stress test and EKG normal?! what can it be? Pain don't get worse when pressed

Chest pains! xray, CT scan, bloodwork, holter monitor, echocardiogram, echo stress test and EKG normal?! what can it be? Pain don't get worse when pressed

Esophageal spsm/GERD: All the tests you have had it rules out heart or lung pathology.It can be due to esophageal spasm, gastroesophageal reflux with or without esophagitis or due to costochondritis.Get a gastro enterolist consult and endoscopy to rule out GI causes or a trial of ppis like Omeprazole etc.Costochondritis may respond to non steroidal meds like Naproxen sodium. ...Read more

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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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What is getting an echocardiogram like?

What is getting an echocardiogram like?

Echocardiogram: This is a non-invasive heart examination with ultrasound much like an obstetric ultrasound study except that it is directed at the heart. It is generally painless and involves no radiation exposure. Of all cardiac studies, it probably tells us more about cardiac structure and function than any other cardiac test. Don't worry about having one done! ...Read more

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How long should it take to get back my echocardiogram?

How long should it take to get back my echocardiogram?

1-2 days: Most are read on day performed unless its a mobile outreach situation. ...Read more

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For slight murmurs, is it appropriate to get an EKG or an echocardiogram?

For slight murmurs, is it appropriate to get an EKG or an echocardiogram?

Both: Both an ekg and an echo might be appropriate for diagnosis of a murmur. Complete evaluation can depend on when it was recognized and whether you are having any other symptoms, such as dizziness, skipping beats, or shortness of breath. Some murmurs are benign but you should always let your physician know if something is new or changing with your symptoms. ...Read more

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I am 27 yo Male, no previous heart condition. Dr. told me I have systolic murmur; sounds like 1.5/6. How soon should I get echocardiogram? Necessary?

I am 27 yo Male, no previous heart condition. Dr. told me I have systolic murmur; sounds like 1.5/6.  How soon should I get echocardiogram? Necessary?

Depends: Most heart murmurs are not anything to worry about and do not require an echocardiogram . If there is something else going on with your health that could cause a new heart valve problem, then your doctor would want to see an echocardiogram. It is probably best to sit down with your doctor, and gear what they think. ...Read more

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Is it common for people with benign pvcs to also get pacs? Normal ecgs and echocardiogram

Is it common for people with benign pvcs to also get pacs? Normal ecgs and echocardiogram

Possible: Having symptoms with any arrhythmia justifies further evaluation. I am glad your echo is normal. You do need a way to document your arrhythmia. This could be using Kardia from AliveCor or an event monitor. You can document if you have PAC's or PVC's. Treatment will depend on findings. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I had an abnormal ekg and I'm going to get a echocardiogram soon how often are ekgs wrong? I'm worried and can anxiety mess up an ekg?

I had an abnormal ekg and I'm going to get a echocardiogram soon how often are ekgs wrong? I'm worried and can anxiety mess up an ekg?

EKGs are...just OK.: Truth be told, the EKG isn't the most informative test in the world. It's good as a screening test, but regardless of the results of such, if we think someone is truly at heart risk, we test further (stress test for example). And even if the EKG suggests an abnormality, we often need to confirm with more testing (2D Echo, for example). So it's not the most accurate test out there. ...Read more

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Can teens get heart disease? Is it common or uncommon? Would it show on an Echocardiogram?

Can teens get heart disease? Is it common or uncommon? Would it show on an Echocardiogram?

Teens heart disease: Structural heart disease is uncommon in first world nations and is commoner congenital or inherited,acquired heart disease is much less frequent but not impossible. ...Read more

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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