An echocardiogram uses sound waves through ultrasound to produce images of your heart. This commonly used test allows your doctor to see how your heart is beating and pumping blood. Your doctor can use the images from an echocardiogram to identify various abnormalities in the heart muscle and valves.
Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE)
-A transthoracic echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart viewed through the chest wall. This is a noninvasive, painless test.
A transesophageal Echocardogram is an ultrasound of the heart viewed from the esophagus. TEE involves a flexible tube (probe) with a transducer at its tip that the doctor will guide down your throat and into your esophagus (the passage leading from your mouth to your stomach). This approach allows your doctor to get more detailed pictures of your heart because the esophagus is directly behind the heart. The patient is placed under moderate sedation during this procedure.
+performed at an alternate facility
–Treadmill Stress Echocardiogram
This procedure will allow us to determine blood flow to your heart muscle. The technician will use the ultrasound machine to take pictures of your heart at rest. After the resting images are completed, the patient will be connected to an EKG machine that monitors heart rate and rhythm during the test. Patients will be required to walk on the treadmill until your target heart rate has been achieved. After the treadmill portions, there will be a second set of pictures taken of your heart using the ultrasound machine.