2D Echocardiography or 2D Echo of heart is a test in which ultrasound technique is used to take pictures of heart. It displays a cross sectional ‘slice’ of the beating heart, showing chambers, valves and the major blood vessels of heart.
‘Doppler’ is a special element of this ultrasound exam that assesses flow of blood in the heart.
Patient is made to change in a front open robe and a colourless gel is applied to the chest area. Then he is asked to lay on his left side as the technician moves the transducer across the various parts of his chest to get specific/desired views of the heart.
Instructions may also be given to the patient to breathe slowly or to hold it. This helps in getting superior quality pictures. The images are viewed on the monitor and recorded on paper, video or DVD. The cardiologist later reviews and interprets the recordings.
Echocardiography is a significant tool in providing the physician important information about heart on the following:
A brief exam in normal case may be done within 15-20 minutes. However, when there are heart problems, it may take much longer.
It is absolutely safe. There are no known risks of the ultrasound in this type of testing.
Stress, modern lifestyle and many other factors have adverse effects on the heart. Hence, routine analysis of the heart health is important. 2D echocardiography is a screening test that produces live heart images. It allows your doctor to monitor the functioning of your heart and its valves. It is a key test of all the packages offered by the Indus Health Plus.Whole body checkup includes this test along with other crucial tests. If you have any question about your heart health or check-ups, do fill the query form and we will get back to you.