Can an echocardiogram be the cause of a heart attack?

No. An echocardiogram is just a test, an ultrasound of the heart. There are no side effects.
NO, but... There are no negative effects from an echo test. If a stress echo is performed where the heart rate is intentionally raised, a person with heard desire already could experience symptoms.

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Can you be having a heart attack if you echocardiogram looks normal?

Yes. Echocardiogram can indirectly suggest the possibility of a heart attack, but can also be more or less normal after a small heart attack. Its primary use is not to diagnose a heart attack, but to look a things like the function of the heart muscle and the heart valves and to examine the hearts internal anatomy. Ecg and certain blood tests are the primary tests for diagnosing a heart attack. Read more...
Yes. The significant word is was! ekg and echo are good at the time and about some history but if symptomatic, new ones are needed along with exam , blood tests etc. Read more...

I just wanted to know can echocardiogram detect a future heart attack?

Risk stratification. No test can predict the future. But abnormalities in heart wall motion at rest or under stress can help determine if you are at high risk for a heart attack, and if it might be helpful to do further testing. Read more...

Is it possible to have a heart attack even if my echocardiogram is normal?

Yes. There is no test which if normal guarantees that you will not get a heart attack. And the echocardiogram is not good for predictiong a heart attack anyway. Read more...
Yes it is possible. A normal echocardiogram only suggests that the heart function is good at the time of the test. It does not assess the risk of heart attack. If you however combine a stress test and echo (stress echo) it can assess the risk of having a heart attack. A normal stress echo makes the risk of heart attack over the next year low but not zero. Heart attacks can still happen by a sudden blockage. Read more...

What is the sensitivity of EKGs, echocardiograms, and cardiac MRIs for detecting previous heart attacks? Would a normal echocardiogram signal good prognosis in the event of a previous heart attack?

Yes. A normal Echo usually means the valves and pumping action of your heart is normal. However you would need a stress test and nuclear scan of your heart to see if the circulation in your heart is normal, and to see if you have any evidence of a heart attack. Good luck! Read more...
Depends. Depends on if you have had a full or partial thickness MI. A heart attack which damages the full thickness of the heart muscle is reliably seen on an ekg. An echo will show wall motion abnormalities with either type. Read more...
Very good. Cardiac MRI is the best test for detecting a previous heart attack. An echocardiogram is probably next, followed closely by ECG. All of these tests should be pretty good at picking up a MAJOR previous heart attack. A normal echocardiogram after a heart attack is indeed an excellent prognostic marker. Read more...

I have intense anxiety. My chest feels very tight and achy. I feel shaky. Am I having a heart attack? Have had ecgs and echocardiogram.

Anxiety. Sorry, when you list CAD as a diagnosis you actually have, then while you may actually be all anxiety driven, we can't give you reassurance. You need to discuss your status with your own physician and get your situation clarified. Read more...
PANIC. Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what panic means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other. Read more...

Is Echocardiogram alone sufficient for ruling out heart-attack? Declined MRI due to having bad migraines & sensitivity to the sound of machine.

No. However, if you have a normal Echo and elevated troponin levels, you may have had a small heart attack. Your doctor should have told you about the troponin, if there was a concern for a heart attack. CT can be used in place of MRI. Delayed images will show an area of heart injury. However, you need to balance the radiation dose with you need to know if all else is negative. Read more...