Why would you need or get a Echocardiogram

The dobutamine stress echo test involves the injection of a medication called dobutamine while you are closely monitored. The medication stimulates your heart in a similar way as exercise.

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Why you would need an Echocardiogram:

Doctors often suggest an echocardiogram when they suspect problems with the valves or chambers of a patient’s heart or it’s ability to pump. However, an echocardiogram is also able to be used to detect congenital heart defects in unborn babies.

Besides the ability to assess the overall function of your heart, an echo can help determine the presence of many types of heart disease, follow the progress of heart valve diseases over time or evaluate the effectiveness of medical or surgical treatments.

atrioventricular Ultrasounds of valve in two views

Above: Ultrasounds can measure the conditions of the heart such as the atrioventricular valve shown above.

Adenosine/Sestamibi Stress Echocardiogram
Dobutamine Echocardiogram
Doppler Echocardiogram
Intravascular Ultrasound
Stress Echocardiogram
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE)

Getting an Echocardiogram:

Find out what the experience is like and what you should expect.

Before the Echocardiogram
During the Echocardiogram
After the Echocardiogram

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Two Views of heart echocardiogram

Above: Echocardiograms can identify issues with the heart and help doctors treat it. This echo presents a total mitral insufficiency.

atrioventricular echocardiogram of valve in two views

Above: Echocardiograms can measure the conditions of the heart such as the atrioventricular valve shown above.


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