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Why would you check the diaphragm during echocardiogram?

Why would you check the diaphragm during echocardiogram?

Respiratory function: This would allow the person reading the echocardiogram to determine if any respiratory difficulties might be due to diaphragmatic dysfunction. ...Read more

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Diaphragm (Definition)

This muscle separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity and expands and contracts to assist the intercostal muscles in breathing. (a diaphragm is also a birth control device ...Read more


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During my echocardiogram the nurse also scanned over my abdomen (pulse present). Will the doc be able to confirm there is or isn't an Ab. aneurysm?

During my echocardiogram the nurse also scanned over my abdomen (pulse present). Will the doc be able to confirm there is or isn't an Ab. aneurysm?

Aneurysm: If they scanned the descending aorta, they will be able to determine the size and any distention. this finding would support a aneurysm, so the answer is yes. ...Read more

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Hi Im 29 year male I had pain in upper abdomen and near left rib I had ecg 5 to 6 times normal,stress test negative,echocardiography normal, ?

Hi 
Im 29 year male
I had pain in upper abdomen and near left rib I had ecg 5 to 6 times normal,stress test negative,echocardiography normal,
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Just a thought: but you may have "splenic flexure syndrome" caused by intestinal gas collecting in the "highest" portion of your large intestine which is the part that CURVES under your spleen ..way up almost under the left side of your rib cage! Just gas!!!! (If exercising...running makes it worse...that may be a clue that this diagnosis is correct! (See X (between 2 and 3 illustration) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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During a routine echocardiogram, when they measure the rv diameter, do they also check for rv hypertrophy?

During a routine echocardiogram, when they measure the rv diameter, do they also check for rv hypertrophy?

Yes: A complete echo should include rv wall thickness, right sided abnormalities however are frequently missed on 2d-echocardiogram unless you are looking for them. ...Read more

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During routine echocardiogram, is the ejection fraction usually calculated using the m-mode estimate, or the 2d volume (tracing the lv) measurement?

During routine echocardiogram, is the ejection fraction usually calculated using the m-mode estimate, or the 2d volume (tracing the lv) measurement?

Either: Both methods are used. However, it is generally accepted that tracing the endocardial borders of the left ventricle at end systole and end diastole in two separate planes gives the best estimate of ejection fraction. When using only the m-mode tracing, there are many assumptions built into the estimate of ejection fraction that can challenge accuracy. ...Read more

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On a routine echocardiogram, do they check for hypotrophy of both ventricles?

Yes: An echocardiogram generally checks for overall anatomy (i.e., normal structure and connections), ventricular function (the "squeeze") and valvular function. As part of this, one will typically assess for hypertrophy, or muscular overgrowth, of the ventricles. ...Read more

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Why is it loud and squeaky during an echocardiogram? What does the sound represent?

Why is it loud and squeaky during an echocardiogram? What does the sound represent?

Doppler: That is the doppler part of the echocardiogram. The sound represents the flow of blood. You could get an idea of what the pictures look like by listening to that sound. How loud the sound is and whether it occurs during systole or diastole would give you a clue for istance, but most people interpreting the study just look at the images and don't pay much attention to those sounds. ...Read more

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No bubbles showed up in the heart during the bubble echocardiogram?

No bubbles showed up in the heart during the bubble echocardiogram?

Echo: We do bubble studies to identify abnormal flows. If peripherally injected bubbles don't show jo in the heart there is usually a technical problem. ...Read more

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Does an echocardiogram check for heart rhythm problems as well as structural problems, or is it limited to just picture view/structural?

Does an echocardiogram check for heart rhythm problems as well as structural problems, or is it limited to just picture view/structural?

Yes and No: An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart, that specifically evaluates heart structure and function. The heart rhythm is monitored during the study to see heart rate, but this is not a test to specifically evaluate rhythm. The best test for that is an ekg (electrocardiogram) or holter monitor, which you wear for 1-2 days to monitor rhythm. ...Read more

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I have palps and had an echocardiogram. It came back fine, but I didn't have palps during the echocardiogram.Is there any chance at all of atrial fib?

I have palps and had an echocardiogram. It came back fine, but I didn't have palps during the echocardiogram.Is there any chance at all of atrial fib?

Could be: An echocardiogram looks at cardiac structure and function, not specifically rhythm. There are cardiac abnormalities that make one more prone to cardiac arrhythmias. But your echo gave no clues. There are tests that can specifically look for arrhythmias that arevsimole to obtain. Discuss these with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is a whooshing sound normal during an echocardiogram? I had an echocardiogram this morning and the machine was making clicking and whooshing sounds. I won’t be talking to my doctor until next week, and i’m worried the noises mean something’s wrong.

The : The "whooshing" sound you are hearing is the computer's interpretation of the blood flow through your heart. It is completely normal to hear this during an echocardiogram and it helps the sonographer guide the probe to the appropriate spot. ...Read more

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During an echocardiogram they found a shadow on my cousins liver, she has low white blood cell count, and her sugar was high. What can all this mean?

Needs follow up: The liver can be imaged with ultrasound (as in the echocardiogram), ct and MRI and depending on the type lesion, there may be different advantages to using different types of imaging. Follow up is needed to assess if this lesion is benign or needs further assessment. Some lesions may require a biopsy to be examined by a pathologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is echocardiogram and EKG more accurate than BNP and NT-proBNP blood tests to check for cardiovascular health?

Is echocardiogram and EKG more accurate than BNP and NT-proBNP blood tests to check for cardiovascular health?

Not yet clear: NT-pro-BNP is a marker in the blood for BNP which is a marker for cardiac stress. Stil EKG and Echo is recommended for first line evaluation. See Cremersmd.blogspot.com for more detailed info. ...Read more

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