Why would I need a echocardiogram?
As the heart is the engine for your body it is important to know if the heart if functioning properly or if the heart is receiving enough oxygenated blood. Echocardiograms can be taken at rest or at 'stress' on a treadmill.
The Transthoracic echocardiogram is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves to create pictures of the heart. The pictures produced are more detailed than your standard x-ray image and does not use radiation.
The echocardiogram shows the heart while it is beating. It also shows the heart valves and other structures.
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
After the back of your throat is numbed, the TEE procedure inserts a long flexible but firm tube, called a probe, with a small ultrasound transducer at the end into your throat. Our cardiologists will guide the scope into your stomach to get clearer echocardiographic images of your heart.
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