Have any of my diabetic friends ever have to take a "echocardiogram" of their heart?

By tinkerbell54 Latest Reply 2013-06-25 12:54:22 -0500
Started 2013-06-20 04:53:48 -0500

I have had a "Echocardiogram" of my heart b4 ? Could any of my friends tell what it is ?I will have it done on Wednesday June 26 at 12:30pm. Ruth Tinkerbell54

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15 replies

Mikeal72 2013-06-23 19:54:27 -0500 Report

I had an regular echo done a few months ago and it was pretty easy and simple procedure. Just laid on a table and had a device pressed gently the chest in different spots by the technician.

Nick1962 2013-06-20 08:00:49 -0500 Report

Because of my age and family medical history, I have one every few years. Not sure if you mean the stress type Sandy is talking about which is more like an ECG (I get those too), or the type that’s like a sonogram they do on pregnant women.
The ECG (electrocardiogram) is just leads applied to your chest to measure heart rate. The ECHOCARDIOGRAM combines an ECG with a sonogram device that actually visually shows your heart functioning, how the blood flows through and how the valves are operating. Sometimes a dye needs to be injected to get better pictures.
For me, I have a regular heartbeat, but they do this to see if there are circulation problems. It’s painless, but a little chilly.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-06-25 08:54:29 -0500 Report

During my MRSA battle I had the sonogram heart done. Was pretty interesting watching my heart move. Did not hurt at all. Didn't know what the procedure was called. Amazing all the ways the Docs can look into us without exploratory surgery.

Nick1962 2013-06-25 09:51:59 -0500 Report

Sure is. Had a couple hi-res MRI's done on my back recently. Almost spooky what can be seen in such detail.

jigsaw 2013-06-25 10:52:14 -0500 Report

So true! After I saw the results of an MRI of my lower abdominal area, I went into a state of shock! My doctor explained, don't worry, your fine, 60% of the public have no idea what they're walking around with. Because of the Hi Tech equipment these days, we can now see all the nasties inside us that we never would know about otherwise!

Nick1962 2013-06-25 11:56:27 -0500 Report

Yeah, I was shocked too. Luckily I’m not smart enough to read an MRI well enough to know what all those little benign spots are and where they’re located. Lucky also that my doctor reports them to me as “nothing I can see that will make a boat payment”.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-06-25 12:54:22 -0500 Report

You're both braver than I am. Never looked at my CTScan, MRIS, or most of my ultrasounds. As the saying goes, "beauty is only skin deep."

SandySilvers 2013-06-20 07:24:48 -0500 Report

Good morning! I had to have a stress echocardiogram last fall just to make sure the heart was doing ok. I'm not sure if its exactly the same as just an echocardiogram but mine was pretty quick and easy. First they hooked me up to the machine. Then I walked on the treadmill until my heart rate got up to a certain level (they calculate the minimum heart rate for you and you can watch it as you're going along). They increase the height/speed every few minutes until you get up there. Once you reach it you can stop. And then you lie back down and they take more pictures of your heart to see how it handles stress. The doctor comes in and gives you the results and you get to leave. The whole thing took about 35-40 minutes for me. Just wear comfy shoes and clothing :)