With increasing age, cardiac illnesses such as heart muscle weakening, leaky or blocked valves, and chamber enlargement rise. Therefore if you have symptoms of these health conditions, you should consult your cardiologist or physician, and they may recommend you take the ECHO test for detecting these conditions.
The test is recommended for the following health conditions:
- Heart failure
- Heart valve disease
- Cardiac tumor
- Pericardial effusion or tamponade
Atherosclerosis is a health condition in which there is 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.
In ECHO tests, the ultrasound waves are projected that get bounced by the heart and blood arteries. The ECHOes are displayed as moving images that can detect abnormalities in the heart and valves. 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.