A echocardiogram test is a type of ultrasound used to look at how the heart is functioning. It’s a painless and non-invasive procedure that lets the NYC Cardiologist, Dr. Steven Reisman, see the anatomy, structure and function of all four chambers and valves of the heart, and is performed by a trained sonographer. An echocardiogram takes “moving pictures” of the heart with sound waves. The ultrasound and electrocardiography (ECG) signals are recorded digitally to be reviewed by the Cardiologist.
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An echocardiogram is performed by a highly skilled cardiac technician and usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes. The patient lies on an exam table and an ultrasound probe is placed on the chest and two-dimensional pictures produced. This cardiac test can indicate heart chamber or valve abnormalities. The NYC cardiologist later reports on the findings and the results are usually available within two days.
Why is a Echocardiogram performed? An echocardiogram is performed to evaluate the valves and chambers of the heart in a non-invasive way. The echocardiogram allows doctors to diagnose, evaluate, and monitor:
- Abnormal heart valves
- Any structural or functional defects of the heart
- Atrial fibrillation
- Congenital heart disease
- Damage to the heart muscle in patients who have had heart attacks
- Heart murmurs
- Infection in the sac around the heart (pericarditis)
- Infection on or around the heart valves (infectious endocarditis)
- Pulmonary hypertension
- The heart’s pumping ability
- The pumping function of the heart for people with heart failure
- The source of a blood clot after a stroke or TIA
- The structure, thickness and movement of the heart valves
- The size of the chambers of the heart, which can change with conditions such as hypertension, heart damage with a myocardial infarction or congestive heart failure.
What can the results of the Echocardiogram show?
- The size and shape of your heart
- How well your heart is working overall (that is how well it contracts and how well it relaxes)
- If a wall or section of heart muscle is weak and not working correctly
- If you have problems with your heart’s valves
- If you have a blood clot or fluid around your heart
How Exactly Does An Echocardiogram Work?
Sound waves are sent by the transducer towards the heart. Sound waves bounce back like an echo, similar to a sonar from a submarine. The echoes of the heart are then gathered by the transducer. The echoes are processed on a computer and a 2D image is produced on a screen. Through the transducer, echocardiogram allows vital areas of the heart to be examined.
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