A transthoracic echocardiogram is an ultrasound that records moving images of the heart. This ultrasound is specifically designed to record images of the heart in a noninvasive manner. The heart ultrasound is one of the most effective diagnostic and evaluation tools available for patients who have heart problems or suspected heart problems.
Patients who have issues or suspected issues like chest pain, heart murmurs, a recent heart attack, heart disease, or heart defects may need a heart ultrasound so that the heart's health can be evaluated and a diagnosis can be made. The heart ultrasound can check:
Heart ultrasounds generally require no special preparation. Cardiologist Dr. Saleh at New York Medicine Doctors will let patients know if they need to make any changes in the days leading up to their heart ultrasound appointment. This may include things like medication changes in some situations.
Patients should plan to be at the New York Medicine Doctors 45-60 minutes ahead of time on the day of their heart ultrasound appointment. Patients can generally eat and drink normally prior to their heart ultrasound unless they are specifically told not to.
The patient will remove clothing from the waist up, and a gown will be provided. ECG wires, which are attached to electrodes, are then placed on the chest. Ultrasound gel, which allows for images to be transmitted, is spread on the chest, and the transducer device is then slowly moved around on the chest. Pressure is mild to moderate, and it's not painful. The imaging process usually takes 45 minutes or less, and the patient can simply lie still and relax while the transducer gathers images. The images will often be reviewed at the same appointment.
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