Echocardiogram

 

echotreatmentAn echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound test where the transducer send sound waves and picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen.

 

The different types of echocardiograms are:

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram with doppler (TTE).

    Assess the heart chambers size, valves, muscle thickness and motion, the pulmonary pressure.

  • Stress echocardiogram.

    During this test, an echocardiogram is done both before and after your heart is stressed either by having you exercise or by injecting a medicine that makes your heart beat harder and faster. A stress echocardiogram is usually done to find out if you might have blockages.

  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE).

    For this test, the probe is passed down the esophagus instead of being moved over the outside of the chest wall. TEE shows clearer pictures of your heart, because the probe is located closer to the heart and because the lungs and bones of the chest wall do not block the sound waves produced by the probe. A sedative and an anesthetic applied to the throat are used to make you comfortable during this test.