In ECHO tests, the ultrasound waves are projected on the body parts. These waves get bounced back from the heart and blood arteries and are displayed as moving images that can detect abnormalities in the heart and valves.
Doctors may advise this test to,
- Detect abnormalities of the heart associated with valves and pumping.
- Detect heart muscle damage and problems with the blood flow.
- Detect blood clots in the heart.
- Determine problems with the aorta.
- Detect heart defects.
- Determine pacemaker-related issues.
- Assess functioning of the heart especially after a heart attack.
Atherosclerosis is a health condition with a blockage in arteries by fatty compounds. It affects the heart’s wall motion or pumping function. The health condition of thick or weak heart muscles that enlarges the heart is cardiomyopathy. Heart failure causes stiffening of the muscles, which prevents efficient blood pumping. Therefore if you have swelling in the ankles, feet, and other body regions, you should consult your doctor, and they may recommend ECHO.
As one becomes older, cardiac illness, such as weakening heart muscle, leaky or blocked valves, and chamber enlargement, rises. In that case, the doctor recommends an echocardiogram to detect various such issues.
The doctors recommend the test to detect damage in the heart’s muscles and blood flow. If you have suffered a heart attack, the ECHO test is recommended to check the functioning of the heart and determine issues with the pacemaker.