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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About the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence
At Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, our heart specialists deliver compassionate patient care using leading-edge procedures, to patients living throughout the San Francisco East Bay area. While our cardiac services are located in Berkeley and Oakland, patients come to our heart center from Hayward, Pleasanton, Lafayette, and other East Bay communities as well as from greater California and the United States to seek the best cardiac hospital care available. Our experienced team of top heart and cardiovascular specialists strive to work with each patient to identify the best treatment options for heart and vascular conditions. Whether you need a top heart surgeon (or specialist), a cardiac specialist, a vascular or thoracic surgeon, or one of our best-in-class cardiothoracic specialists - our doctors, nurses and technologists will work with you to strive for the best cardiovascular care for your unique needs. We strive to be the best cardiac hospital not just in the San Francisco East Bay but for every patient who enters our heart center, whether they come from Oakland, Berkeley, or beyond the Bay Area.
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