An echocardiogram creates picture of your heart as its beats. During an echo, a transducer or probe is used to send sound waves into the heart. The sound waves create images that show the size of the heart chambers, how well the heart pumps.
AN ECHO IS DONE IN TWO WAYS
- Trans-thoracic Echo, or ” TTE ” places a transducer on outside of your chest.
- Trans- esophageal Echo or ” TEE “, is performed by our physician and places a tube with a transducer on the end, into your oesophagus.
Sometimes, a” stress test ” may accompany a TTE. A stress test measures the amount of cardiac perfusion during rest, in comparison to activity. When the heart pumps fast, it needs more blood. A stress test shows if the heart gets enough blood during these times.
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