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Trans Thoracic Echocardiogram

Trans Thoracic Echocardiogram in Patchogue, New Hyde Park & Hicksville

Echocardiogram (Transthoracic Echocardiogram) is the ultrasound examination of the heart. This is a noninvasive procedure and is performed by using a probe with gel applied over the chest.

Transthoracic Echocardiogram Procedure

A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) is designed to check for problems with the heart or the blood vessels supplying the heart. The device uses sound waves to form a picture for better diagnosis.

Transthoracic Echocardiogram With Doppler

This technique of TTE is used to measure and assess the flood of blood through the chambers and valves of the heart. The procedure is noninvasive, which is a plus for most.

Transthoracic Echocardiogram Benefits

In the right hands, TTE can help diagnose blood clots, fluid in the sac surrounding the heart or trouble with the aorta (the main artery supplying the heart). Early diagnosis is key for better treatment.

Transthoracic Echocardiogram Endocarditis

A TTE procedure can help your doctor diagnose certain conditions, including endocarditis, by watching for the signs such as anemia. The sound waves help produce an image of the beating heart for better clarification.

Echocardiography in Heart Failure

Many doctors recommend echocardiography if you have had signs or symptoms of heart disease or heart problems, including heart failure. An enlarged heart may be the first sign of heart failure.

Why It Is Done

  • Detect structural abnormalities
  • Assess the pumping strength of the heart
  • Evaluate suspected heart valve abnormalities
  • Evaluate fluid outside of the heart (pericardial effusion)

How It Is Performed

  • You will be asked to change into a gown for this test.
  • Approximate time taken for the procedure is 30 minutes.
  • Results are usually available the same day.

Preparation

  • No preparation is necessary for this test.

Risks

  • No known risks. There may be some discomfort on the chest wall from the pressure applied by the probe. This does not have any lasting consequence.