Transthoracic Echocardiography: What you should know

  • Accessible to all patients
  • Accessible to all patients
  • By appointment only
  • By appointment only
  • Covered by most private insurance plans
  • Covered by most private insurance plans
  • Medical referral required
  • Medical referral required
  • Service not available via telemedicine
  • Service not available via telemedicine

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These exams are used to assess the heart’s function, valves and chambers, and the pericardium (the membrane surrounding the heart). Painless and non-invasive, an electrocardiogram is the most commonly performed examination by cardiologists.

Our cardiologists are experts in performing the most state-of-the-art procedures and use the latest technology to ensure that you get the most accurate diagnosis possible.

Your doctor may prescribe an ultrasound to diagnose a suspected heart condition or to monitor existing issues.

An ultrasound may be required to monitor any of the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart murmurs
  • Chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Syncope (sudden, brief loss of consciousness)
  • Pericarditis or endocarditis
  • Heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias)
  • Screening for familial heart disease
  • Evaluation of heart function before high-risk surgery
  • Monitoring of congenital heart defects
  • Cardiac assessment after myocardial infarction
  • Follow-up after heart surgery, etc.

What happens during a cardiac ultrasound?

The technician explains the procedure and answers your questions. You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and put on a hospital gown. Electrocardiography (ECG) probes will be placed on your chest to record the electrical activity of your heart.

The technician will then ask you to lie on your left side, before applying a gel to a small ultrasound probe and placing it on the left side of your chest. The technician will apply painless pressure to the probe in order to get good image quality.

The images and measurements are recorded for your cardiologist to review. A full report will be sent to your referring physician once it has been reviewed by your cardiologist.

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