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What kind of ultrasound is it when they do the bubble study on your heart?

What kind of ultrasound is it when they do the bubble study on your heart?

Bubble crossing: It is called saline contrast study. Saline with a tiny amount of air is agitated and injected into the vein. This can be well seen by echo. If it crosses from the right heart chambers to the left then it is an indication of a hole in the heart which could potentially carry a blood clot from the right side to the left side of the heart and then to the brain. This is an uncommon cause for stroke. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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What is the cure or what should i do when my veins in the heart stuck up?

What is the cure or what should i do when my veins in the heart stuck up?

See a doctor: I think you mean the arteries in the heart get plugged up or blocked. If so, they usually need to be opened by a cardiologist or cardiovascular surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a avm located on the front right side of the brain and my doctor said they can do nothing to treat it is there any way that they can?

I have a avm located on the front right side  of the brain and my doctor said they can do nothing to treat it is there any way that they can?

Possibly: Avms can be treated with open surgery, embolization, and / or stereotactic radiosurgery (eg gamma knife) each technique has advantages and disadvantages. Some avms may not be treatable by any means due to several factors, such as number & location of feeding vessels, area of brain involved (such as speech or brainstem). I assume you talked to a neurosurgeon. Second opinion? ...Read more

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I notice on my ultrasound scan at the top, it say "ga(lmp)=06w6d" what does that mean? Is that a measurement of the baby determined by the ultrasound?

I notice on my ultrasound scan at the top, it say "ga(lmp)=06w6d" what does that mean? Is that a measurement of the baby determined by the ultrasound?

Gestational age (GA): = how many weeks pregnant you are from the first day of your last menstrual period (lmp) to the date of the exam. It estimates your due date within 4-6 days. Full term gestation = 38-42 weeks. Conceptional age = time since implantation, often known when assistive reproductive techniques are used. It's 2 weeks < than gestational age. The baby center's free app, " my pregnancy today" is useful. ...Read more

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Does anyone know the name of the machine that you rub together and say clear and it brings the heart to start?

Does anyone know the name of the machine that you rub together and say clear and it brings the heart to start?

Defibrillator: The device provides an electric shock to a heart that has stopped and is fibrillating (think quivering). Saying "clear" is to prevent anyone who might be touching the patient to stay back and not get shocked as well. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me that where is the precise location of aortic valve so that I can put the stethoscope in the right area. I find it at mid chest.

Can anyone tell me that where is the precise location of aortic valve so that I can put the stethoscope in the right area. I find it at mid chest.

What will you hear?: The aortic valve is typically in the upper mid chest but murmurs from this valve are typically best heard in the upper right chest near the sternum and the lower left chest between the left breast and the sternum. ...Read more

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Why is it to know the workload of my aorta necessary to compare the BP in arm and feet? Or did I get that wrong?

Why is it to know the workload of my aorta necessary to compare the BP in arm and feet? Or did I get that wrong?

Question : the Drs. are just trying to help with you with your aorta fixation. Go see a cardiologist and discuss your concerns and hopefully alleviate whatever drives your concerns. ...Read more

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Did a pelvic ultrasound this week the results show all the parts but no picture of the right ovary and its the part that hurts. Should I do it again?

Did a pelvic ultrasound this week the results show all the parts but no picture of the right ovary and its the part that hurts. Should I do it again?

CT: Do you still have your appendix? The ovaries dont usually hurt as much as they get blamed for. I would think more about your uterus having a spasm with pain radiating to your right side, or appendix, colon spasm, abdominal wall spasm. If a thorough physical examination can't delineate the source of the pain, you may need a ct scan, but i wouldnt have high hopes it would give a specific answer. ...Read more

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What disease do you have when your heart is on the wrong side of your chest?

What disease do you have when your heart is on the wrong side of your chest?

Dextrocardia: One is typically born with this....the heart during its formation, takes a wrong turn so to speak and is on more on the right side of the chest. ...Read more

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Half my diaphram is paralysed what could have caused it and what is the prognosis. I have had floriscopic study, ultra sound, mri, and know the nerves next to the heart are fine ?

Half my diaphram is paralysed what could have caused it and what is the prognosis. I have had floriscopic study, ultra sound, mri, and know the nerves next to the heart are fine ?

Paralysis: A paralyzed hemi-diaphragm is usually caused by injury: previous surgery or trauma. It doesn't usually get better. Luckily, you can get by just fine with one half of your diaphragm so forget it and move on. ...Read more

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Why can you only see a hernia on a scan when there is a bulge under the skin? Do they diagnose them based solely on symptoms?

Why can you only see a hernia on a scan when there is a bulge under the skin? Do they diagnose them based solely on symptoms?

Imaging: The diagnosis is made clinically and the ultrasound is done for confirmation. Hope this helps. It safely gets you the correct treatment. ...Read more

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My doctor just told me that some of the arteries and veins leading out of my kidneys are really narrow, what does this mean and how is it treated?

My doctor just told me that some of the arteries and veins leading out of my kidneys are really narrow, what does this mean and how is it treated?

Several thoughts: Veins from kidney are rarely "narrow" or even obstructed. Renal arterial anomalies, stenosis, atherosclerosis, fibromuscular dysplasia are known conditions. Some are symptomatic with bruit, high blood pressure, and need treatment or even surgery. ...Read more

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Cancer on the bone of strernum and on the left chest. Doctors want to remove the sternum by surgery. What do you think? Is that right?

Cancer on the bone of strernum and on the left chest.  Doctors want to remove the sternum by surgery. What do you think?  Is that right?

Yes: Make sure you are being treated by a board certified thoracic surgeon. If this is malignant, treatment planning should include a medical oncologist and radiation oncologist, as many require multi modality therapy. The thoracic surgeon may need the assistance of a reconstructive plastic surgeon to close the defect created when the tumor is excised. Also, the margin of resection is important. ...Read more

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What to do if I am getting a heart ultrasound to look into some odd heart at the back of the heart?

What to do if I am getting a heart ultrasound to look into some odd heart at the back of the heart?

No preparation: Transthoracic echocardiography (ultrasound study of the heart done from the chest) needs no preparation. It is a very safe study without significant discomfort. Transesophageal study should be done fasting. If having the latter, full discussion and explantation is needed prior to study. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the doctor found hemangiomas on an MRI of my lumbar area of the back?

What does it mean if the doctor found hemangiomas on  an MRI of my lumbar area of the back?

Benign and common: Hemangiomas are seen frequently within the vertebral bodies (spine) on MRI and are a benign finding. They have a characteristic appearance. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the doctor found hemangiomas on an MRI of my lumbar area of the back?

What does it mean if the doctor found hemangiomas on an MRI of my lumbar area of the back?

Benign: Hemangiomas are a common finding in the vertebrae and are benign. They are collections of blood vessels with a very specific appearance on mri. It is only when they are very large and expand the vertebrae or weaken it that they can be a problem. This is very rare. ...Read more

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