An echocardiogram is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to image the structures of the heart. During an echocardiogram, an ultrasound technician uses a small, hand-held scanning device to direct sound waves at your chest area. The sound waves bounce off the heart and create an "echo" that is translated into a graphic video that your cardiologist will review for diagnostic purposes. These images help the cardiologist learn more about your heart’s size and function.
An echocardiogram is a valuable diagnostic tool that is performed to:
Assess the overall function of the heart’s valves and chambers.
Evaluate the size of the chambers of the heart, which can change with conditions such as hypertension, heart failure, valvular disease, and damage from a heart attack.
Evaluate the effectiveness of drug therapy or cardiac medical procedures.
Detect fluid, tumors or blood clots in specific areas in and around the heart
Our echo lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation
of Echocardiography Laboratories, signifying that we meet their stringent
benchmarks for quality and service.
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