What does an echocardiogram detect? I know it’s for diagnosing heart disease, but what kind? Can it tell if I have blocked arteries or damage from a heart attack?

Echo. Echocardiogram detects how well the heart is working by calculating an ejection fraction of how much blood it is pumping out. It can also detect valve abnormalities and if certain portions of the heart are functioning properly. I will not see blocked arteries. That is a coronary angiogram.
An . An echocardiogram is a procedure that uses high frequency ultrasound waves to evaluate your heart.Typically it will assess: • the size of your heart: the size of the pumping chambers, as well as the thickness of the heart muscle • pumping strength: how well is your heart pumping blood • valve problems: an echocardiogram can determine whether your valves leak or if they do not open properly • problems inside the chamber of the heart: this test can help determine if you have a blood clot or tumor inside the chambers of your heart • the walls between the different chambers of the heart (looking for holes in the walls) it can show if you have had a prior heart attack but cannot look directly at the arteries for blockage. A stress test, either a stress echocardiogram or a nuclear stress test, will show you if you have significantly (typically >70%) blockage and can confirm evidence of old heart attack.

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Had a clear echocardiogram 3 years ago, no blocked arteries. Could I have blocked my arteries enough to have a heart attack now?

Was the. Echo study done with or without EXERCISE ? If it was a "stress echo" that was negative , congrats, the chances of signicant "PREMATURE" coronary disease 3 years later is quite small...A "plain" echo is less useful in detecting coronary insufficiency and is done for STRUCTURAL reasons (Heart valves etc) It can pick up OLD cardiac injuries. I hope this helps! Dr Z. Read more...

Please explain if it is possible to get a heart attack without blocked arteries?

Myonecrosis. Heart attack is the death of the heart muscles. If there is severe low oxygen from any cause the heart fails and the tissues die. The only experience i know of heart attack per se in young people without known atherosclerosis is when they use drugs like meth and we presume that is due to the vessel vasoconstriction and impeding of blood flow. Read more...

Why is it that 100% blocked arteries are not reopened if the heart attack is more than 48 hours old?

Usually not helpful. It is possible to save some heart muscle supplied by a totally occluded artery if the artery is opened soon after the onset of occlusion. The longer one waits to reestablish blood flow, the more muscle tissue irreversibly damaged. Only in instances of persistent partial flow via collateral blood vessels could one expect benefit from opening a total occlusion beyond 48 hrs after infarction. Read more...

Is it possible to get a heart attack without having blocked arteries?

Yes. The typical term "blocked arteries" implies cholesterol mediated atherosclerosis. People can also have heart attacks from other causes such as coronary artery spasm, from Cocaine use, or from congenital abnormalies of the coronary arteries, . Read more...