An echocardiogram is a noninvasive procedure used to assess the heart’s function and structure. During the procedure, a transducer sends out ultrasonic sound waves at a frequency too high to be heard. When the transducer is placed on the chest at certain locations and angles, the ultrasonic sound waves move through the skin and other body tissues to the heart tissues, where the waves bounce or “echo” off of the heart structures. These sound waves are sent to a computer that can create moving images of the heart walls and valves.
Echocardiography is a painless test we use to view your heart. By using non-invasive sound waves, Albuquerque cardiologist Dr. Michelle Khoo will be able to view your heart while in motion and observe its function.
Echocardiography is used to diagnose certain cardiovascular diseases, and is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests for heart disease. With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the United States, it’s important to diagnose heart and vascular conditions early and effectively.
An echocardiogram may be performed for further evaluation of signs or symptoms that may suggest atherosclerosis, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure, aneurysm, valvular heart disease, cardiac tumor or pericarditis. An echocardiogram may also be performed to assess the heart’s overall function and general structure.
This diagnostic tool is an excellent choice to view abnormalities in the shape of the heart whether they are congenital, due to a heart attack or lifestyle choices. Weakened heart muscles, leaking valves, blood clots or other abnormalities in the chambers of the heart and arteries will show up on the echocardiogram.
Using Doppler ultrasound, Dr. Khoo can see the movement of blood as it passes through the different areas of the heart. By viewing the heart and blood in motion, top Albuquerque cardiologist Dr. Michelle Khoo will be able to diagnose heart problems, see if current treatments are improving the function of your heart, or decide if further testing is needed.
What to Expect During Your Echocardiogram
You should take your prescription medications and eat normally before the test.
The procedure will be performed in our office and take approximately one hour to complete. During the echocardiagram procedure, a small amount of gel will be placed on your chest and a hand-held device called a transducer will be passed over specific areas of your torso. You may experience a small amount of light pressure as the transducer is passed over your chest. Please let the technician or Dr. Khoo know if you become uncomfortable at any time during the procedure – there are no known side-effects to echocardiography.
The room lights will be dimmed so that we can view the images on the computer monitor more easily. Your test results will be recorded and viewed by Dr. Khoo.
While the test may appear simple and straight-forward, this cutting edge technology of echocardiography provides a wealth of information and diagnostic capabilities that maximize the outcome for our valued patients.
We encourage you to ask as many questions as necessary until you are confident that you understand your heart condition, medications or procedures you may be considering.
In her practice as a top heart doctor in Albuquerque, Dr. Michelle Khoo wants you to be informed, comfortable and confident about your treatment plan.
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Khoo & Associates Cardiology and Wellness is a boutique Cardiovascular Health & Wellness practice that is focused on delivering outstanding, comprehensive and ethical cardiovascular care to patients in Albuquerque and the surrounding counties of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia in New Mexico.
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