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3D echocardiogram

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#1 ez62


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Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:08 AM

They dont inject you with anything, do they? Thanks!

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 10:25 AM

There's two variations of the 3D echocardiagram that I know of. One does use a medication though I forget if its injection or oral. The dr tried to refuse me the normal exercise cardiogram because I'm overweight but I refused the medication test and said I could exercise as well as anyone else. So he let me do the test on the treadmill. It was no problem and over in a matter of minutes. Wasn't a bad test at all and the dr did finally observe the valve dysfunction that all the other doctors had missed over the years. The 3D image is amazing to look at. Wasn't unpleasant test at all aside from having to go bra-less while running on treadmill.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 10:45 AM

Hi EZ62 ,

I don't think so. If it is what my son had, it is like an ultrasound. They put on probes, use a jelly like substance and rub a gadget around your chest area. You can see your heart and blood flowing on the monitor next to the table. Gareth's had the blood showing as shades of red, blue and yellow (I think!!!).

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:16 PM

I thought the test with the gel and the probe they rub around was just a heart ultrasound? I've had that one several times but it was black and white just like those ultrasounds to see babies inside the mom.

The cardio test I had that was in 3D in multi colors showing the flow of blood they did by sticking electrodes on my chest, then there was this big belt thing with lots of cables coming out of it that they strapped around me. There was a huge cord coming out of the belt that ran to the machine so the nurse had to hold the cord out of the way while I ran on the treadmill. I remember this test well because the color picture was fascinating to watch and the dr got all excited watching my valve move the wrong way because he said he had never had another patient with the same heart problem :unsure: There's technically not even a term for the valve problem I have. Doesn't that figure!

Either way neither are bad tests. The only bad cardio tests are catherer tests or cardiovascular CT scan. The cardio CT involves 3 nasty drugs... one gave me a migraine, another slowed my heartrate till I passed out and they had to start me on oxygen then the dye bothered my kidneys. B)

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 03:53 PM

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your heart...no medication is injected as far as I know. (I am a critical care nurse, just so you know that I am exposed to these types of tests daily)

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 04:24 PM

There are 2D and 3D echocardiograms. I couldn't find that either one required medication. I've had several 2D ECHOs. A non-invasive test, no meds required.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 05:33 PM

I have had numerous Echo's in the last 18 months, like the others It was an ultrasound of the heart. On one of my ECHO'S though, they did a bubble study to check I think for PH and to look more thoroughly at the heart. I had a needle put through my vein at the back of the hand and they injected something through. It was quite painless and was ok going home on my own afterwards.

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