An Echocardiogram can help to detect:
- Heart size
Weakened or damaged heart valves or other diseases can cause the chambers of your heart to enlarge or the walls of your heart to be abnormally thickened, this is crucial as an abnormally enlarge heart may not be able to pump blood effectively.
- Pumping strength
Specific measurements include the percentage of blood pumped out of a filled ventricle with every heartbeat (ejection fraction) or the volume of blood pumped by the heart in one minute (cardiac output). If your heart isn’t pumping enough blood to meet your body needs, the results could suggest heart failure.
- Damage to the heart muscle
During an echocardiogram, the doctor can determine which parts of the heart that move weakly may have been damaged during a heart attack or be receiving too little oxygen.
- Valve problems
An echocardiogram shows how your heart valves move as your heart beats. The doctor can determine if the valves open wide enough for adequate blood flow or any possibility of blood regurgitation due to malfunction valves.