The cardiac specialists at the Tommy Lasorda Heart Institute use state-of-the-art approaches to assess a patients’ heart function. Medical technology now makes it possible to evaluate the heart’s strength and function using non-invasive techniques.
An echocardiogram (ECHO), one of the most common procedures, uses high-pitched sound waves to produce an image of the heart that can be viewed on a video screen. The ECHO evaluates heart wall thickness and motion, as well as the structure and function of the heart valves. This helps identify problems such as poor blood flow in the heart, areas of heart muscle that are not contracting normally, previous injury to the heart muscle caused by impaired blood flow and evidence of heart failure or a blood clot.
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