Transthoracic Echocardiography Or Echocardiogram
Echocardiogram is an ‘ultrasound of the heart’ used to see the cardiac structures. It uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to make pictures of the heart. The test is also called echocardiography or diagnostic cardiac ultrasound.
It is routinely used in the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases. It can provide a wealth of helpful information, including the size and shape of the heart, pumping capacity, blood flow through the heart chambers, heart valves and the location and extent of any tissue damage.
The rapid and non-invasive acquisition of information about the heart has contributed to widespread use of Echocardiography.
A probe called a transducer is pressed over the chest and pictures are viewed on a video monitor.
Echocardiogram helps to assess the following:
- The size and shape of heart, and the size, thickness and movement of heartís walls.
- The heartís pumping strength and function.
- Function of heart valves.
- Any issues with the large blood vessels that enter and leave the heart.
- Blood clots in the chambers of heart.
- Abnormal holes between the chambers of the heart.
An echo does not hurt and has no side effects.
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