Our cardiologists perform transthoracic echocardiography at the Argentina Medical Center.
What is a cardiac ultrasound used for? ?
During a cardiac ultrasound, many measurements are made.
Anatomical measurements relate to the size and morphology of the various structures that make up the heart : ventricles, auricles, cardiac muscle, valves (valves ensuring tightness) and pericardium (envelope of the heart).
Functional analysis consists of observing how the heart muscle contracts, how the valves open and close and how the blood circulates, represented by colors. The use of the Doppler makes it possible to evaluate the flows and the pressures in your heart.
The coronary arteries are not visible in echocardiography but it is possible to assess the impact of a myocardial infarction on the heart muscle by visualizing an area that no longer contracts.
Cardiac ultrasound is therefore essential for the diagnosis and monitoring of any heart disease, in particular:
- diagnose and monitor diseases of the heart valves (heart murmur, valvular prostheses), of the heart muscle (myocardial infarction, dilated or hypertrophied heart) or of the pericardium (pericarditis) ;
- screen for cardiac complications of high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol ;
- look for the cause of cerebrovascular accidents (cerebral infarction or intracranial hematoma) ;
- monitor the cardiac tolerance of chemotherapy ;
- check the good health of your heart before surgery…