What is Echocardiography

ID-10096259Echocardiography is ultrasonography of heart (cardio means heart). Echocardiography is used for creating images of hear of various types, such as two dimensional, three dimensional and Doppler images of heart for diagnosis of various ailments of heart. Echocardiography has become important diagnostic tool for various heart diseases and its popularity as a diagnostic tool is increasing day by day.

Echocardiography has become important and popular tool and it is routinely used for diagnosis, management, and follow-up of various heart conditions. In the field of cardiology (study of disease of heart and their management) for diagnostic purpose, echocardiography is the most commonly used tool. The reason of popularity of echocardiography as a diagnostic tool in cardiology is that, it can provide tons of useful information about heart such as the size of the heart, shape of the heart, pumping capacity of heart, extent of damage in case of MI (myocardial infarction) and various other useful information about heart (such as calculation of cardiac output, diastolic function etc.) which can be of immense use in management of various heart diseases. Echocardiography is a non-invasive diagnostic method and it does not have any known side effects, which is also a reason for its popularity as a diagnostic tool.

Echocardiography can accurately measure the flow of blood to various parts of the heart via different coronary arteries as well as blood flow through heart (all four chambers of heart) using color Doppler. Color Doppler (and spectral Doppler) can detect if there is any abnormal communication between different chambers of heart and if there is any leakage (known as regurgitation such as mitral regurgitation, which is regurgitation via mitral valve, which is one of the common heart disease/disorder) of heart valves (valves of heart control flow of blood to one direction only).

There are various health care training institutes that provide echocardiography training to medical professionals engaged in cardiology. If anyone plans to get echocardiography training, it is important to do it from trusted and reputed Healthcare Training Institute.


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