The technique uses electrodes to check your heart rhythm and ultrasound technology to see how blood moves through your heart. An echocardiogram helps your doctor diagnose heart conditions.

Echocardiography is a test that uses sound waves to produce live images of your heart. The image thus produced is called an echocardiogram. This test allows the physician or cardiologist to monitor how your heart is functioning.

An echocardiogram can help to get information about:

  • Any blood clots in the chambers of the heart
  • The size of the heart
  • Fluid in the sac around the heart
  • Any aortic problems
  • Any problems related to pumping of the heart
  • Any functional heart valve problems
  • Any pressure in the heart

Echocardiogram is essential in determining the health of the heart muscle especially after a heart attack. It also reveals heart defects or irregularities in unborn babies.

Why is an echocardiogram performed?

An echocardiogram is typically performed to evaluate signs and symptoms suggestive of:

1)     Atherosclerosis

2)     Cardiomyopathy

3)     Congestive heart failure

4)     Congenital heart disease

5)     Aneurysm

6)     Cardiac tumor

7)     Valvular heart disease

8)     Aneurysm

9)     Pericarditis

An echocardiogram will look at the size, shape and function of all the pipes, chambers and valves in your heart. The ultrasound waves pass through your chest and reflect off the muscle, fat and blood inside. The reflections are then picked up by the echo probe and turned into pictures as the output.

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