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Old 12-20-2004, 01:02 PM   #1
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A bit freaked out after ECHO

Hi, I just had an echocardiogram today, (chest pain during excersise) and I'm a bit nervous about the results. Halfway through it and looking at the monitor I started to get a little queasy seeing my heart and valves working. I wish I could have seen a normal heart beating next to mine so I could compare and not freak myself out. After the test the radiologist asked me if I had any other tests planned, which makes me think either she saw something abnormal or didn't find anything at all. Not the do a self diagnosis but is there a site with pictures of an echo test that I can compare mine to? Just to ease my mind a bit. Everything I found out there are just drawings and not pictures.

 
Old 12-20-2004, 01:26 PM   #2
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Re: A bit freaked out after ECHO

First of all, try to relax. Usually the radiologist is not the one that interprets the test; a film of it will be sent to a specialist so don't read too much into her question. She probably just asked, to make conversation and of course that was a natural topic . I don't know specifically of a site but try searching for keywords ECHO and photo together. I know it's nerve-wracking to wait for results and I hope everything turns out okay for you .
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Old 12-21-2004, 10:10 AM   #3
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Re: A bit freaked out after ECHO

My couriosity got the better of me and I found a website with heart sounds. What I heard during the exam matched with a heart sound with stenosis, a thump then whoosh, thump then whoosh definatly not a normal thump thump. So now I really can't relax.

 
Old 12-21-2004, 12:14 PM   #4
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Remote, hon, I think I know what site you're talking about. It was supposedly designed to assist medical students in learning how to distinguish the various heart sounds. Listen to all of them. Turn your back to the computer and have someone else click the links for you.... and see if you can tell which sound is which or what the difference is. It takes months of highly specialized training for medical students to even begin to be able to distinguish normal from abnormal sounds - you probably aren't going to teach yourself overnight from a web site . And even if you did, you can't actually compare it now to what you heard during the exam. I'm not trying to dismiss your concerns as I do understand how scary it can be. But minds and memory can do strange things, and if you're anxious already there is a high probability that what you remember hearing during the exam is not what it was at all. Try to think and focus on something positive - if you are the spiritual type you might try meditating or praying or whatever you believe. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as well .
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Old 12-23-2004, 10:48 PM   #5
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Re: A bit freaked out after ECHO

I've had numerous cardiac & renal echograms, so I am familiar with the images and sounds you describe. I also know it takes a great deal of skill, and various calculations, measuring blood volumes and velocities etc to interpret the images, comparing the echo results with other clinical data, and thus gain the knowledge sought regarding your cardiac function.
For your own benefit you should leave this to experts. Also, off-the-cuff comments without knowing the context etc should not be taken into account. I used to always be trying to "second guess" various tests and procedures, but have learned to trust the machines and Doctors and take the positive option if I start worrying about it. Just
gently push away the negative thoughts without an emotional confrontation. All the best and good luck,
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Old 12-24-2004, 07:10 AM   #6
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Re: A bit freaked out after ECHO

Remote, I can relate. I'm basically in the same frame of mind as you right now, which is worried to the state of paranoia, and it's a tough feeling to shake.

Just try and remember that if your echo showed some kind of life-threatening condition, they wouldn't have let you walk out of there without consulting with a doctor first. Imagine the lawsuits that would open them up to.

I've had to go on anti-anxiety medication because I felt the same way during and after I had tests performed on me. They're definitely not a long-term solution, but can help for a week or two until you get your results. Maybe you should talk to your doctor about them.

 
Old 12-26-2004, 08:28 PM   #7
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Re: A bit freaked out after ECHO

Thanks for the replies, I realized I was obsessing about it too much and managed to get through the week with out much more anxiety. I see my doc on tues. Hopefully I'll know more then.

 
Old 12-27-2004, 08:17 AM   #8
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Re: A bit freaked out after ECHO

For the most part, never go onto the internet to 'find your current problem', or other medical issues. I've done that before, . . . . scared myself, . . . then realized that it's best to let a real doctor tell you how you're doing.

 
Old 12-28-2004, 11:00 PM   #9
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Re: A bit freaked out after ECHO

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HI, The Health Boards are not meant to be a substitute for medical examination by a qualified person, and, of course, should never be used for that purpose. These Boards ARE very useful for finding out information re illnesses, procedures, medications, the meanings of technical words etc plus they offer support. The latter is probably their most important function. Used appropriately, I think these boards fulfill an important function. Best Wishes to All for 2005
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