16th October 2019

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What is an echocardiogram used to diagnose?

The test is also called echocardiography or diagnostic cardiac ultrasound. An echo uses sound waves to create pictures of your heart's chambers, valves, walls and the blood vessels (aorta, arteries, veins) attached to your heart. A probe called a transducer is passed over your chest.

Subsequently, one may also ask, do echocardiograms show clogged arteries?

There are many diseases of the heart that may be detected by echocardiography, including the following: Atherosclerosis (coronary artery disease). Evidence of blockages in the arteries due to fatty material and other substances in the blood stream can sometimes be seen on echocardiography. Aneurysm.

How do you prepare for an echocardiogram?

No special preparations are necessary for a standard transthoracic echocardiogram. You can eat, drink and take medications as you normally would. Your doctor will ask you not to eat for a few hours beforehand if you're having a transesophageal or stress echocardiogram.

What does an ultrasound of the heart tell you?

The most common type of heart ultrasound is non-invasive and very easy on the patient. A specially trained technician, called a cardiac sonographer, uses a gel to slide a microphone-like device called a transducer over the chest area. This allows reflected sound waves to provide a live picture of your heart and valves.