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About Echocardiography

An echocardiogram is an instrument that uses ultrasound waves in the body to produce images of the heart and to measure the direction and speed of blood flow. It is comprised of a transducer that turns electrical energy into sound waves. These bounce off the tissues in the heart and produce a recording either onto a videotape or computer for later analysis.

Your Brooklyn vascular doctor may order an echocardiography for a number of reasons. These include:

  • Detecting blocked coronary arteries
  • Diagnosing heart enlargement
  • Detecting heart defects that are present from birth
  • Detecting any damage from heart attacks
  • Detecting pericardial disease
  • Investigating the overall functioning of heart muscle

An echocardiography is performed by a trained sonographer as an outpatient procedure. The procedure lasts between 30-60 minutes. There are various types of echocardiography techniques available and your Brooklyn Cardiologist will determine which is the most suitable one for you. Depending upon the type of echocardiography you are undergoing, you will be given specific pre-test directions to follow.

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE): This is the standard echocardiogram whereby a transducer is moved over your chest or abdominal wall to obtain different views of the heart. The output from a standard echocardiogram is a two-dimensional image of a cross section of the heart or a part of the heart.
  • Stress Echocardiogram: During a stress echocardiogram, the heart is stressed either physically or medically before an echocardiogram is performed.
  • Doppler echocardiogram: A Doppler echocardiogram provides your Brooklyn cardiologist with more information than a standard TTE. It measures the speed and direction of flow through the vessels and heart chambers.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE): With a TEE, the probe is passed down the esophagus rather than being moved across the outside of the chest wall. Since the probe is positioned closer to the heart, a clearer image is obtained. Furthermore, the lungs and the chest wall do not block the sound waves. A sedative or an anesthetic is applied to the throat during a TEE.

Echocardiography is a safe procedure, although patients undergoing a TEE may experience minor throat discomfort for a few days following the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions – Echo Test Brooklyn, NY

An echocardiogram is primarily used to measure the direction and speed of blood flow. An echo test uses ultrasound waves to produce the images of the heart that tell us what we need to know about your heart health. We use echo tests at MKR Medical PC for a wide variety of reasons from detecting blocked coronary arteries.

There are several types of Echocardiograms that we give at our facility including Transthoracic, Stress, Doppler, and Transesophacgeal Echocardiograms. We give these different tests depending on which are the most suitable for your individual case. After your initial consultation when we go over all necessary medical information, we will recommend the best course of action for your heart including tests and any other preventative cardiology measures.

Yes, getting an echocardiogram is safe, although patients who undergo a Transesophageal Echocardiogram might experience discomfort in their throat. All tests that we perform at our facility are safe as we take into account all relevant medical information on a case by case basis and use only the best practices for every procedure. We are experts in preventative cardiology and cardiac disease testing of all different types.

Other diagnostic tests, while useful for a wide array of reasons might not be as affective for detecting specific issues with the heart including blocked coronary arteries, birth defects, damage from heart attacks, pericardial disease, and for observing the overall functioning of the heart muscle. An echo test can be an extremely useful diagnostic tool for all of these reasons.

We are a leading preventative cardiology provider in Brooklyn, NY for echo tests. We perform echocardiograms along with many other cardiac tests including EKG’s, Holter Monitor tests and more. Our experienced staff has many years of experience in the preventative cardiology field. Contact us today to make an appointment for your initial consultation.