What is Echocardiography?
Echocardiographies, or echoes as they are sometimes called, show the size, structure and movement of various parts of the heart. Heart valves, the septum, the chambers and walls of the chambers are imaged. Doppler ultrasound also shows movement of blood through the heart. Echocardiograms use an ultrasound machine to produce high frequency sound waves to create images of all of these structures. During the exam abnormalities such as blood clots in the heart, fluid around the heart and problems with the aorta; which is the main artery connected to the heart can be spotted. Echocardiograms are also critical studies to determine the health of the heart, especially after a heart attack.
Echocardiograms are commonly used to evaluate patients that have suspected problems of their heart valves and chambers which can be the cause of chest pain and shortness of breath. Congenital anomalies can also be identified using echocardiograms.
Our echo lab is accredited through the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and all exams are performed by Registered Cardiac Sonographers with interpretations by Board Certified Cardiologists.
For further information about our Echocardiography Department please reach out to Peter Stachowicz, Chief of Ambulatory Services at 928-684-4385.