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Offline spaceplus

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What does a standard echocardiogram reveal?
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:50:30 AM »
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.

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Re: What does a standard echocardiogram reveal?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2014, 03:12:59 PM »
Yes an echo does show EF. I have had two echos done and both tomes knew my EF. It shows blockages, structure, pretty much everything. But let's say you have a high heart rate occasionally. The echo normally will not show what is causing this. In that case, you would visit an electrophysiologist and they would run a catheter to your heart and shock it to see if they can get the high heart rate again to see the electrical path that the blood is taking.
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