An echocardiogram is a noninvasive procedure used to assess the heart's function and structure. It uses ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) to evaluate the condition of your heart. A technician moves a hand-held device over your chest so images and sounds are produced. You might even be able to hear and see your heart on the monitor while the test is in progress. Your physician reads the results of the test to determine if there are any abnormalities of the heart muscle or valves.
Summa Cardiovascular Institute (SCI)’s echocardiogram laboratory is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). This accreditation is indication that SCI has proven a commitment to providing quality medical testing for our patients.
The information obtained through an echocardiography examination will assist your cardiologist with a quick diagnosis if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms that may suggest any of the following conditions:
- Atherosclerosis. A gradual clogging of the arteries by fatty materials and other substances.
- Cardiomyopathy. An enlargement of the heart due to thickening or weakening of the heart.
- Congenital heart disease. Defects in one or more heart structures that occur during fetal development, such as a ventricular septal defect (hole in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart).
- Congestive heart failure. The heart has become too weak to properly pump blood, causing fluid buildup (congestion) in the blood vessels and lungs, and edema (swelling) in the feet, ankles, and other parts of the body.
- Aneurysm. A dilation of part of the heart or the aorta (the large artery that carries blood out of the heart to the rest of the body), which may cause weakness of the tissue at the site of the aneurysm.
- Valvular heart disease. Malfunction of one or more of the heart valves that can affect blood flow within the heart
- Cardiac tumor. A tumor that may occur on the outside surface of the heart, within one or more chambers of the heart (intracavitary), or within the muscle tissue (myocardium) of the heart.
- Pericarditis. An inflammation or infection of the sac that surrounds the heart.
To learn more about Summa's echocardiogram testing services, call us at (888) 219-9813.