Is there a better test than an echocardiogram to determine heart problems caused by plaque in the arteries?

4 Responses to “Is there a better test than an echocardiogram to determine heart problems caused by plaque in the arteries?”

  1. Le MAURICIEN Says:

    YES.
    1. Radio active thallium studies using thallium-201 (T1-201).
    Technetium (Tc-99m) is also sometimes used. This is known as Myocardial perfusion Scintigraphy.

    2. Angiography following cardiac catheterisation and using an Iodine radio opaque liquid.

    3. The latest CT scanner is increasing in popularity as it is a non-invasive technique.

    Hope this answers your question

  2. e837 Says:

    A nuclear stress test where Cardiolyte dye is inserted into your vein, then you do the normal treadmill test, and they take pictures before and after. This test is very accurate and very expensive, you might have to argue with the insurance company.

  3. news Says:

    Angiography is a more accurate test than ecocardiography for diagnosing plaques in the coronary vessels and it is cheaper than stress test.Ecocardiography is more useful for diagnosing valve and functioning problems of the heart.But any of these has to be prescribed by your treating doctor if necessary.

  4. carbazon Says:

    echocardiograms are pretty accurate. most Echocardiac sonographers (for Peds & for adults) pride themselves in being highly accurate. Echo- (ultrasound) of heart has had some refined significant advances in improving the imaging technique.

    echocardiogram will show heart chambers, shape, function (squeeze & activity), & valves of heart. it shows some proximal segments of the pulmonary arteries, the coronary arteries, & aortic arch. we don't really see the carotid arteries.

    Vascular Ultrasound takes the field for Carotid arteries.

    if your problem is plaque in Carotid arteries, go to vascular ultrasound & have a carotid artery study (ultrasound). if your plaque problem is in the coronary arteries, go get an Echocardiogram. echoes costs less in comparison to most imaging studies.

    U can also check out MRI cardiogram. that means you have to slide in the tube (of an MRI magnet). & get scanned that way. U can have a Carotid angiogram, but that is more invasive. it is the gold standard by the way. for the angiogram they will a very small tiny tube up your veins, into your heart, out to the coronary arteries, & push dye thru your arts… to get the image. & by the way, angiogram means you are exposed to X-rays.