What an Echocardiogram Can Reveal About Your Heart

What an Echocardiogram Can Reveal About Your Heart

An echocardiogram is an important tool for cardiologists because it gives an assessment of the overall function of your heart. It helps doctors diagnose a number of different heart problems, and can show whether or not your current treatment plan is working. 

At Indus Cardiology, Dr. Yogesh Paliwal and his staff use echocardiogram tests to diagnose problems, get a better understanding of your heart function, and to assess the efficacy of your treatment. One of the benefits is immediacy — we do the test in our office, so we can see the images right then. 

What we learn from an echocardiogram

An echocardiogram uses ultrasound technology, so you’re not exposed to radiation during the test. Instead, sound waves generate detailed images of your heart function. 

Two of the first things we see during an echocardiogram is the size and shape of your heart. We can also immediately see the blood vessels that carry blood through your heart. 

Some of the other information we can gather from an echocardiogram includes: 

We use different types of echocardiograms in order to learn what we need to know to make an accurate diagnosis. 

The types of echocardiograms

We have the capability to perform a variety of echocardiograms. The type we choose depends on what we want to learn about your heart. Here are some of the types you may undergo. 

Two-dimensional echocardiogram

This type of test is ideal for showing your heart’s structure and movement in real time. It’s often considered the foundation of heart imaging. 

We can also perform a 3D echocardiogram which provides more detail. 

Doppler echocardiogram

This type of echocardiogram shows us how the blood is moving through your blood vessels. With it, we can see how much blood is pumped through your heart with each beat and detect abnormalities in how your blood is flowing. 

M-mode echocardiogram

When we need to make careful measurements, we use an M-mode echocardiogram, which produces a one-dimensional tracing of your heart. We can tell exactly how thick the walls of your heart are, and the exact size of each of the chambers. 

Conditions we diagnose with echocardiograms

We can diagnose the cause of your symptoms, plan your treatment, and monitor ongoing treatment with echocardiograms. A few of the conditions we can diagnose include: 

If you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, we use an echocardiogram to check your heart health, and to make sure your blood vessels are functioning as they should. 

If you’d like to learn more about echocardiograms and how we use them, schedule an appointment at Indus Cardiology today. We’re always happy to answer your questions. 

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