Transthoracic Echocardiogram (Echo or TTE)
What is it?
An Echo is a non-invasive imaging technique that enables your cardiologist to visualize how your heart pumps. It makes use of sound waves to produce moving images of your heart while it pumps blood around your body.
How it works
Before the test, the cardiac sonographer will spread gel and apply sticky patches (electrodes) on your chest wall. The sonographer will then apply a device (known as a transducer) on the gel, aiming an ultrasound beam against your heart at different angles in order to obtain a collective set of moving images of your heart produced by the computer. The moving images will be displayed on the monitor which you can see “live”.
Why do I need one?
An Echo can give vital information on many aspects of the condition of your heart:
It can determine the pumping strength of your heart and reveal any damages to your heart.
It can determine the size of your heart and can give information on the causes if your heart is abnormally enlarged.
It can give information on your heart valves and determine if they are functioning properly.
It can give information on any potential heart defects, any holes and abnormal connections in your heart.