Structural Heart Disease

A surface, or transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), is the first line and best non-invasive test available to evaluate for overall heart function.  The procedure will take about 30 minutes to do, will be recorded in a completely digital manner, and will very accurately and graphically show how well the heart is pumping, how the four heart valves are opening and closing, determine overall and segmental thickness of the heart walls, and very accurately uncover any significant congenital (birth) heart defects.  


If there is concern of "calcium" on your heart valves, narrowing of the heart valves, leaking or back flow of blood to ANY one of the four (4) heart valves, an echocardiogram is a main stream, "best practice" procedure to allow YOU and your physician a fully disclosed description of all these things.  The procedures uses only sound, and is therefore completely harmless when done according to established and sanctioned techniques.  ONLY highly skilled, experineced, registered echocardiographers, whether physicians or not, should conduct and explain the procedure.


An echocardiogram may be done with images in two dimensions (2D) or three dimensions (3D).  The 2D echocardiogram is by far and away an excellent procedure and is very good.  The 3D procedure need NOT be routinely done, and tends to be reserved for evaluating COMPLEX structural or valvular heart disease or complex congenital heart disease.  Please enjoy this presentation from the American Society of Echocardiography, the main credenitaling body.  Seemyheart.org is a fine site, offering information and resources on circulatory issues.  


Call or contact Mark or Dr. Wigton at Vital Health Scores with questions!

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Mark Zemanek Technical Director, Vital Health Scores

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