Features December 2016 Issue

Know the Various Echocardiogram Types and When Each Is Best Used

Echocardiography is used immediately after surgical repair of a heart valve to make sure it was successful.

Know the Various Echocardiogram Types and When Each Is Best Used

These helpful imaging tools help doctors diagnose some serious health problems. But there are several types of echocardiography.

An echocardiogram is a commonly performed procedure and useful tool in diagnosing certain types of heart disease. You may have had an echocardiogram or “echo,” especially if valve disease was suspected. But your test was actually one of several types of echocardiograms, each one with a special purpose. If you’ve never had an echo you should know that the procedure is safe, and uses sound waves to create images of the heart.

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