12 Oct Echocardiogram
Echocardiography is a non-invasive imaging technique that provides direct visualization of the heart’s valves, walls, and chambers. This procedure is used to diagnose cardiovascular deceases.
There are several types of echocardiograms and the physician will decide which one is necessary according to the patient. In general, this type of sonogram is used to:
- Determine the overall condition of the heart and detect the presence of different types of heart decease.
- Evaluate the heart’s movements and pumping strength.
- Assess the correct functionality of heart valves.
- Evaluate systolic and diastolic function.
- Look for blood clots, tumors or infectious growth.
- Determine the health of heart muscles after heart attacks or the effectiveness of medical or surgical treatments.
- Reveal congenital heart defects in unborn babies (fetal echocardiogram).