I am a cardiophobe/panic sufferer who was recently admitted to the ER/hospital during a panic attack. I had a resting echocardiogram two days ago and was told by a hospital cardiologist that the results were 'fine' and showed 'nothing abnormal', or other vague (but approving) words to this effect. I was not told anything specifically about what the test revealed about my heart, other than that I do not have Mitral Valve Prolapse or other valve irregularities.
With no further discussion, the cardiologist then scheduled me for a stress test next week.
I am wondering what exactly an echocardiogram tells the cardiologist about my heart? I understand that it provides an image of the heart and its valves, so any structural abnormality can be detected. But I also read online that an echocardiogram can measure something called EJECTION FRACTION. Would a standard reading of a standard echocardiogram involve the cardiologist interpreting my Ejection Fraction, or is that something that may or may not be looked into, at the doctor's discretion?
I am anxious to know how much significance I should attach to having 'passed' the standard echocardiogram.
What information does a standard echocardiogram reveal about the health of my heart? Any opinions welcome/appreciated.