An echocardiogram makes use of sound waves to create pictures of your heart. This popular test lets your doctor see your heart pounding and blood flowing. The photos from an echocardiogram can be used by your doctor to diagnose heart disease. We provide services in Frisco, Mckinney, Texas.
If the vision is obscured by your lungs or ribs you can need a small amount of an enhancing agent injected through an intravenous ( IV) tube. The enhancing agent, which is usually healthy and well accepted, can make the structures of your heart show up on a monitor more clearly.
When sound waves bounce off blood cells that travel through your heart and blood vessels, they change pitch. These adjustments (Doppler signals) will help your doctor determine the blood flow rate and path within your heart.
The transducer goes down your throat and into your esophagus (the swallowing tube which connects your mouth to your stomach) for this test. It can get a better view because it’s closer to your heart.
Some heart problems — especially those affecting the arteries that carry blood to your heart muscle (coronary arteries)—only occur during physical exercise. Your doctor may prescribe an echocardiogram of stress to check for problems with the coronary arteries. But an echocardiogram can not provide information on any blockages in the arteries of the heart. We provide services in Frisco, Mckinney, Texas.