I agree with Susie in that the echocardiogram is a cake walk, compared to the cardiac catheterization!!! I have had 3, and gee aren't they so much fun... I need to have one soon, but am trying to hold off until my area gets the super MRI machines, that will soon show coronary artery blockages as well as a cardiac cath angiogram. I have a blockage in my left main that is either going to stay the same, increase, or magically go away (not). I am tired of sucking nitroglycerin to relieve angina....[/QUOTE]
We have the 'super' MRI machine here and a 'very experienced' radiologist to read this. Some cardio docs are reluntant to order this test for cost reasons and ignornace to their use and diagnostic abilities. Even though this test can do most things the Tech told me that the Heart Cath is still the "gold standard". In my case, I disagree. All the "plain echo's" and "nuclear echo's" never showed "wall motion abnormalities" which it should of picked up. The Cardiac MRI did. All the Nuclear Scans plus 2 Heart Cath's never picked up the Septal MI,,,the Cardiac MRI did. I did not have the Adenosine during this MRI to look for blockages as I had the heart cath one week earlier. But, in the future I will. My insurance company recently, called the doctor's office and told them "if she wants this...give it to her"
It sure is a lot cheaper and safer than a Heart Cath. But, it is getting doctor's to believe its value.
Another thing if one is having a Cardiac MRI, you may want to ask beforehand to sit down with the Radiologist to discuss findings. It has been &^$%$%^ getting the meaning of the findings on this test, interrupted correctly as it is going thru 3 hands.