Echocardiography is a painless procedure that enables heart specialists to see the heart function using an ultrasound in form of closer heart images. Echocardiography bounces sound waves off of the heart, enabling the cardiologist to view the heart in real time. It also measures the speed and direction of blood flow, allowing the cardiac specialist to evaluate heart and valve function. We are a team of certified cardiologist providing echocardiography services in Houston.
A basic transthoracic echocardiogram is an excellent way to get a broad-based view of the heart. It provides a lot of information about a heart’s size and structure, how strong the heart is and how well the valves are working. It is safe and painless and can be performed in the office. More specialized echocardiograms can further diagnose or confirm heart problems, assess whether treatments are required and helps to guide for future treatments.
How echocardiography works:
- You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and lie flat on an examining table or bed. The technician or nurse will attach sticky patches usually called as electrodes to various places on your torso.
- After applying gel to your chest, the technician will move a transducer a wand that transmits ultrasound waves around so that sound waves can be converted into images of your heart on a computer screen.
- During the test, the technician may ask you to change positions or hold your breath for a few seconds so that the patient’s condition can be clearly observed in various images.
- Most echocardiograms take less than an hour to complete.
Houston Cardiologist Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center has been a world leader in the development and application of 3D Echocardiography in Houston to create highly accurate three-dimensional images of the heart, chambers of the heart and heart valves.