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.

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Is it possible to develop heart failure within 7 months of having normal Echocardiogram? Waiting results of blood work for related symptoms.

Yes. About half of patients with symptoms of heart failure have normal echocardiogram,as determined by a measurement called ejection Fraction. This is called Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection fraction. It is frequently seen in the elderly,women,hypertensive or Diabetic . Inspite of normal echo their blood test called naturetic peptides are elevated suggesting their heart is in stress. Read more...

If echocardiogram, full blood count and BNP are normal & there has been no swelling, is heart failure unlikely, even if other symptoms are present?

Theres different. heart failures. But it is pretty unlikely with all of those being normal. High thyroid, severe thiamine deficiency, severe dehydration can cause heart failure but I think they would still show something (like elevated BNP). Read more...

Can heart failure be picked up on echocardiogram?

Yes. This is the main test used to evaluate heart function and contraction real time. It can be used to see the "pumping ability" of the heart or its failure. Read more...
?mechanism. Heart failure is a clinical syndrome characterize by shortness of breath and fluid retention. The echo will suggest the mechanism of heart failure wether it is due to weakness(reduce ejection fraction) or normal(preserved ejection fraction) but the diagnosis of heart failure is made by symptoms and signs of fluid retention by the presence of swelling ,abnormal chest x ray and by blood test BNAT. Read more...