ECHOCARDIOGRAMS

Echocardiograms
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TRANSTHORACIC ECHOCARDIOGRAM AND ABDOMINAL AORTA DUPLEX:

What is being visualized?

ECHOCARDIOGRAM:

Heart muscle. Left and right sides, including the valves and the arteries.

ABDOMINAL AORTA:

Main artery of the body, connected to the left ventricle of the heart, descending all the way through the abdominal region.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE?

1. Transthoracic Echocardiogram and Aorta Duplex Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive, procedure that examines the heart muscle and the aorta, through the chest region. The test is done to evaluate the function of the valves and any abnormalities in the heart muscles such as how well the blood is being pumped.
2. Depending on the severity of the findings, the test might be repeated annually.
3. Check for any narrowing or obstruction in the aorta, and to check for an abdominal aorta aneurism (AAA), caused by thinning of the arterial walls, creating a bubble that can rupture. AAA is a life-threatening emergency. 

WHO IS AT RISK?

INDIVIDUALS WITH:

1. High Blood Pressure
2. Diabetes
3. High Cholesterol
4. Smoker/History of Smoking
5. Heart Disease
6. Family history of stroke and heart disease
7. Over the age of 50

INDIVIDUALS WITH THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

1. Shortness of Breath*
2. Chest Pain*
3. Swelling of the Limbs
4. Abdominal Pain
5. Other symptoms, not listed above
* Please note, if you are experiencing above symptoms, contact your physician right away.

HOW TO PREPARE:

1. Do not eat or drink for 8 hours before the exam
2. Take all your regular medications with a small sip of water
3. If you are diabetic, please take your insulin

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