Echocardiography is an important aspect of both inpatient and outpatient medical and cardiac services offered at Kare Partners. An echocardiogram is a noninvasive ultrasound test that helps to diagnose and manage many forms of heart diseases. During an echo test, high-frequency sound waves from a transducer placed on your chest provide pictures of the heart’s valves and chamber. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a monitor to evaluate the pumping action of your heart. Your doctor may perform an echo if you have signs and symptoms of heart problems, such as:

  • Heart failure
  • Heart murmurs
  • Congenital heart defects – for example, a hole in the heart
Your echo results can reveal:
  • How your heart muscle is pumping
  • The size of your heart
  • How your valves are working
  • If there is any fluid around your heart
  • If there are any blood clots inside your heart
  • If there are any problems with your heart’s major blood vessels such as your aorta