Stethoscope on the Cardiogram

2D Echo

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Echocardiography is a test that uses sound waves to produce live images of the heart. The image is called an echocardiogram. This test allows the doctor to monitor how patient's heart and its valves are functioning.

The heart inside the body pumps blood and the vascular system takes it to all the organs. Together they form the cardiovascular system. A healthy lifestyle, proper nutritious diet and regular exercise is much needed to keep the heart healthy, more so, as age progresses. Keeping a check on heart’s health at regular intervals is also imperative to prevent its disfunctioning. Being consistent with the patient's health checkups can help the patient in leading a happy & healthy life and thereby preventing major sudden-medical costs and trauma.

The images can help them get information about:

  • blood clots in the heart chambers

  • fluid in the sac around the heart

  • problems with the aorta, which is the main artery connected to the heart

  • problems with the pumping function or relaxing function of the heart

  • problems with the function of your heart valves

  • pressures in the heart

How is the 2D Echo test done?

  • Person needs to uncover the chest and lay on the examination table

  • A colorless gel is applied to the chest area to analyze the sound vibrations

  • The technician moves the transducer across the various parts of the chest. The gel helps the transducer get views of the heart

  • Technician can ask to change the laying position to get better assessment

  • The gel is removed after the test

  • The images can be viewed on a computer monitor and printed on paper, or recorded in DVD, and given to the patient after interpretation of results

What does the 2D Echo test detect?

Echocardiography, or 2D Echo is majorly done to detect the following:

  • Any underlying heart diseases or abnormalities

  • Keep a check on the heart valve for its functioning

  • Congenital heart diseases and blood clots or tumors