What does transthoracic echo show?

A TTE is a procedure used to check for problems with your heart. It will also show any problems in the blood vessels near your heart. Sound waves are sent through a handheld device placed on your chest. The sound waves show the structure and function of your heart through pictures on a monitor.

What is the purpose of a transthoracic echocardiogram?

During a transthoracic echo, we use sound waves to create computerized outlines of your heart and its attached blood vessels. Your doctor can then check your heart’s chambers, valves and blood vessels for abnormalities and for any extra fluid building up around your heart.

Is a transthoracic echocardiogram a stress test?

A stress echocardiogram uses transthoracic echocardiography, but the doctor takes images before and after you’ve exercised or taken medication to make your heart beat faster. This allows your doctor to test how your heart performs under stress.

What is the normal echo report?

What does that mean? The normal percentage of blood ejected from the heart is in the range of 50-70% depending on different factors. If the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is 45% (& that is not a measurement error), then it is mildly reduced.

Can echo detect heart blockage?

Your doctor might recommend a stress echocardiogram to check for coronary artery problems. However, an echocardiogram can’t provide information about any blockages in the heart’s arteries.

What if my echocardiogram is abnormal?

Abnormal echocardiogram results help doctors determine if further testing is necessary or if you need to be placed on a treatment plan. When it comes to your heart, there is no room for taking risks. If you experience any symptoms associated with your heart, it’s best to see a doctor and get tested.

What is the difference between an echocardiogram and a transthoracic echocardiogram?

Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE): Transthoracic is the most common type of echocardiogram and is noninvasive, taking place entirely outside your body. A team member applies gel to your chest, then uses a handheld transducer to scan your heart.

How long does a transthoracic echo take?

At times you will be asked to hold very still, breathe in and out very slowly, hold your breath, or lie on your left side. The technician will move the transducer to different areas on your chest that provide specific views of your heart. The test usually takes from 30 to 60 minutes.

Can a stress test show a blockage?

Stress tests can detect when arteries have 70% or more blockage. This severe narrowing is what causes the severe chest pain called angina. But normal results from a stress test do not rule out the possibility of a future heart attack. This is because a plaque can still rupture, form clots and block an artery.

Is LVEF 50 good?

Many doctors consider a normal ejection fraction to be 55% to 75%. If yours is 50% or lower, it’s a sign that your heart — usually your left ventricle — may not pump out enough blood.

Is LVEF 60 good?

Normal Heart. A normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ranges from 55% to 70%. An LVEF of 65%, for example means that 65% of total amount of blood in the left ventricle is pumped out with each heartbeat. Your EF can go up and down, based on your heart condition and how well your treatment works.