An echocardiogram is an ultrasound-generated, graphic image of the heart’s movement, valves and four chambers.
By viewing the heart's motions, we quickly can diagnose the severity of heart valve problems, as well as determine abnormal blood flow within the heart.
We use two types of echocardiograms: stress and transesophageal.
The stress echocardiogram allows us to evaluate your cardiac function in relation to possible coronary artery disease, heart valve function and overall level of cardiovascular conditioning.
The test involves performing an echocardiogram while you are at rest and another one at your peak heart rate while you are exercising on a treadmill.
To increase the visibility of the heart’s structure and function, we use a contrast agent during a stress echocardiogram. This helps us to better see abnormal connections or blood flow between chambers of the heart.
When a patient is unable to exercise, we can still perform a stress test using a drug that mimics the effect of exercise on the heart.
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
We perform a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) to better visualize parts of the heart.
This low-risk procedure enables us to see the heart from the inside of the body and to diagnose an infected heart valve, blood clots and a variety of other heart problems.
Our Noninvasive Labs Are Certified
Our noninvasive cardiac labs are ICAEL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories) Certified.
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