Cardiac Ultrasound or Echocardiography
Cardiac ultrasound, also known as echocardiography, is a non-invasive procedure which utilizes sound waves to produce images of the heart. Detailed, anatomical, information such as wall structure/function, valvular morphology and blood flow are assessed in real time and captured/stored for review by Cardiologists. Cardiac ultrasound has begun to replace older, more invasive, procedures for the diagnosis heart diseases and abnormalities. The non-invasive nature of ultrasound makes it a safer, more cost-effective imaging procedure.
Some of its uses include:
- The detection of valvular disease/abnormalities
- Assessment of the movement of the various segments of the muscle walls
- Evaluation of blood flow within the heart
- The detection of excess fluid surrounding the heart
- Overall evaluation of heart function
What Is Heart Disease?
Heart Disease is a term used to describe a variety of diseases which effect the heart in different ways, but ultimately effect the normal function of the heart.
Various diseases that fall under this term include:
- Diseases of the blood vessels of the heart or Coronary artery disease
- Heart rhythm disturbances or arrhythmias
- Structural ailments present at birth – Congenital defects
- Structural ailments developed due to viruses or disease – Acquired defects