Lung Transplant
COPD Support

TTE - Echocardiography

Echocardiography / Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE)

 Echocardiography (sometimes called an echo or an echocardiogram) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves to produce an image of the heart. The sound waves are sent through a device called a transducer and are reflected off the various structures of the heart. These echoes are converted into pictures of the heart that can be seen on a video monitor.

An echocardiogram is used to evaluate how well your heart chambers fill with blood and pump it to the rest of the body. Echocardiography can also be used to estimate the amount of blood pumped out of your left ventricle with each heartbeat (called the ejection fraction). An echo also helps evaluate heart size and heart valve function.

Echocardiography is generally a painless procedure. The gel feels like hair gel and may be cold and  slippery when rubbed on your chest. The  transducer head is pressed firmly against your chest, but usually this is not uncomfortable.

 

[Lung Resources Home] [Cystic Fibrosis  Sub-Site] [Transplant  Home] [Surviving your  Lungs] [COPD  Links] [Terms &  Abbreviations] [Medical Tests] [PFT Lung Function] [TTE  Echo] [MUGA] [Lung Scan  VQ Scan] [Abdominal  Ultrasound] [CT Scan  of the Body] [Cardiac  Cath] [Flex  Sigmoid] [Colonoscopy] [Doppler  Studies] [About US] [Site Map]