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Can a regular echocardiogram detect atherosclerosis?
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Dr. Michael Fenster
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: No
A standard echocardiogram (echo) does not evaluate atherosclerosis, although if there has been a heart attack and heart muscle damage the effects may be able to be visualized.
A test like a stress test (with or without myocardial perfusion imaging), coronary ct/mri and cardiac catheterization are often employed to detect atherosclerosis.A stress echo is designed to evaluate for the presence of cad.

In brief: No
A standard echocardiogram (echo) does not evaluate atherosclerosis, although if there has been a heart attack and heart muscle damage the effects may be able to be visualized.
A test like a stress test (with or without myocardial perfusion imaging), coronary ct/mri and cardiac catheterization are often employed to detect atherosclerosis.A stress echo is designed to evaluate for the presence of cad.
Dr. Michael Fenster
Dr. Michael Fenster
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
In brief: Artery Echo, Yes
Atherosclerosis: an accumulation of white blood cells in the walls of arteries can be seen on ultrasound images of artery walls.
The artery wall becomes thickened & reflect the sound waves more intensely. The normal wall smooth muscle is echo-lucent, the key sign of its location in us images. However arteries are deep, thus surface images are limited to large arteries - ivus is the gold standard.

In brief: Artery Echo, Yes
Atherosclerosis: an accumulation of white blood cells in the walls of arteries can be seen on ultrasound images of artery walls.
The artery wall becomes thickened & reflect the sound waves more intensely. The normal wall smooth muscle is echo-lucent, the key sign of its location in us images. However arteries are deep, thus surface images are limited to large arteries - ivus is the gold standard.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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