Does an echo rule out heart failure?

Yes. The 2d echocardiogram will give you an excellent assessment of the structural and functional status of the heart. Evaluate valvular function, ventricular function and pulmonary pressures. A possible exception may be the case of end stage renal failure and volume overload.
Close. An echocardiogram paired with a careful history and physical examination can establish a diagnosis of heart failure with a high degree of certainty in the hands of competent practitioners. Diastolic cardiac dysfunction can be overlooked. Bad imaging or sloppy interpretation can challenge accuracy. If findings are subtle and mild, the diagnosis may take more diligence to establish.

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Will an echocardiogram definitively confirm or rule out heart failure? What is the difference between Trans esophageal echo, and echo?

Echocardiogram. KateL ~ an ECHO is an excellent part of the workup for determine cardiac failure. It accurately measures the dimensions ventricles and measures FS (fractional shortening) and EF (ejection fraction) which shows how much blood LEFT in L vent after systole. More=failure.Trans means transesophageal,and the sonar is swallowed so the mitral valve can be viewed from behind which gives better results. Read more...

A little over a year ago, ef was 20-25. Had echo yesterday and was told ef is now 20 (+or- 3). Have icd. Heart failure since 1996. Advice? Progosis?

Cardiomyopathy. Depends. Based on underlying cause. Is the patient receiving full medical Rx eg beta blockade, Entresto ,ACEI,ARB ,isosorbide dinitrate/hydralazine etc etc Is there an arrhythmia burden? If progressively declining has a referral to a tertiary center been made with a view to VAD/transplant options? Are there any reversible or modifiable environmental or dietary factors; any sleep apnea etc etc etc. Read more...

Does an echo and short stress test show if I have a bad heart or heart failure? I'm 18 male. Scared to excercise because my rest BPM is 120

Heart tests. An echo shows if your heart is enlarged or if wall muscle is damaged or if the valves are not functioning right. Stress test checks for blockage in blood vessels to the heart. Sounds like you may need a holter monitor to check the rhythm and then treatment of your elevated rhythm and thyroid tests to rule out over active thyroid. Best wishes. Read more...

PTSD after episode of heart failure. Had an echo just two weeks ago but already anxious about heart function. Impossible for such a quick change?

It will take time. PTSD seems normal after a life-threatening episode. It will likely take some time and good health to reduce your anxiety level. You might try meditation, yoga, therapy, to help you find some peace. Read more...

Have recently been diagnosed with pots, but worry about heart failure. Can't sleep tonight as feel breathless/nauseous lying down. Echo 5 months ago at start of symptoms; been feeling weaker lately.

Keep looking. Pots in a twenties female with abnormal curvature of the spine suggests joint hypermobility syndrome (jhs). This association rarely appreciated by us physicians, & patients' current doctors might overlook. Study pots from british perspective & writings of dr. Robert grahame. In england there are over 30 clinics devoted to jhs diagnosis & treatment; none in U.S. Pots is an effect not a cause. Read more...

I've had several echos, stress tests, ekgs, and mri. Is that enough testing to find out if I have heart failure? I have pvcs, tachy & new symp sob.

Yes-- Sounds like they have run you through the mill -- ok now it's time for your doctors to conclude --. Read more...
In general-yes. In general the tests done are sufficient if however the diagnosis is still in doubt other tests can be considered such as a blood test called a brain naturetic peptid , cxr or cardiac catheterization., . Read more...
Generally, yes. There are two types of heart failure, systolic and diastolic. The echo alone is enough to exclude systolic failure and to make diastolic failure quite unlikely if the echo was done well and correctly interpreted. The gold standard test for diastolic heart failure is a catheterization to measure heart pressures directly, but this may be overkill in your situation. Your md will advise. Read more...

I think I have heart failure, even though echo did not reveal anything. Am I imagining everything. I have foamy saliva, pounding heart.?

CHF. Heart failure is sometimes a challenging diagnosis to make. Symptoms generally include shortness of breath when laying down or on exertion along with severe leg or abdominal swelling. A normal echocardiogram means and a good physical exam can exclude heart failure as a cause of your symptoms. Read more...
Symptoms. These are the most common symptoms of heart failure : http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-failure/basics/symptoms/con-20029801 your symptoms could be or not be because of heart failure. , but just by them selves - likely not. If Echo is normal, most likely the syndrome of heart failure is very unlikely. Your doctor is in the best position to make the diagnosis - after examinatio. Read more...