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ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

A standard echocardiogram (echo), also known as a transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), is an imaging technology that uses ultrasound to create images of your heart. It is a diagnostic test used to examine the heart and its blood supply, determine how large the heart is, how well it contracts, and how the valves function. 

An ultrasound probe is placed on the patient’s chest (thorax) and high frequency sound waves are used to create images of the heart. Doppler technology can also be used to analyze the speed and direction of blood flow. The images are displayed on a monitor and are digitally recorded.

DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY AND AN ECG

Echocardiography is a minimally invasive test that uses imaging technology to provide doctors with valuable information about the heart. This test is ideal for finding heart disease, monitoring heart valve disease disorder over time, or seeing how well medical and surgical treatments work. We provide an extensive range of premium cardiology services, including echocardiograms, ECGs, stress tests, electrical cardioversion, and more. Our exceptional client services include comprehensive consultations, minimal wait times for appointments and skilled professional care for various heart conditions.

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM

We provide exceptional care and service regarding an echocardiogram in NZ.

  • It’s a live-imaging test: An echocardiogram takes a live image recording of your heart using sound waves. An ultrasound probe is placed on your chest, and sound waves create images of your heart which can include the speed and blood flow direction. Doctors can view your beating heart and gather essential functional data about your cardio health.

  • It is a relatively short procedure: This test is relatively quick, with five minutes to prepare and approximately 15 to view your heart. The doctor will place an ultrasound gel on your chest for the procedure and run the probe over your heart to gather the necessary images.

  • It is a diagnostic tool used to confirm heart disease: Doctors use echocardiograms to diagnose or confirm various heart conditions. This test is non-invasive and is ideal for viewing defects in your heart’s chambers and valves, find the cause of chest pain or shortness of breath, assessing weakened cardiac muscles, or diagnosing an enlarged heart.

Depending on your health insurance policy, you may be able to claim back expenses for our reputable cardiology services.

A SHORT GUIDE TO AN ECG

An electrocardiogram is a painless and non-invasive test that can help diagnose many heart conditions.

  • It measures your heart’s electrical activity: Your heart emits an electrical pulse every time it beats. This electrical pulse then travels through your heart, causing it to pump blood. An ECG machine can chart these electrical pulses into waves and indicate whether your heart has a normal or abnormal rhythm. Inconsistent, irregular or non-standard waves are a sign to your doctor that you have a heart condition.

  • It is a non-invasive and quick test: This quick and easy test involves placing sticky pads on your chest with leads connected to an ECG machine. A doctor will then assess your heart rhythm on the machine, which will also print out a chart of your heart’s electrical activity. If your symptoms happen sporadically, your doctor may recommend that you wear a Holter or Event monitor, which can record your heart rhythm over a more extended period.

  • It is used to assess people at risk of heart issues: Your doctor may recommend that you have an ECG if you’re having scheduled heart surgery, have a medical condition or family history that puts you at risk of cardiac disease. You may also have one if you’re showing signs and symptoms of heart issues such as dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

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WHY TRUST SOUTH ISLAND HEART REGARDING AN ECG IN NZ?

We provide exceptional cardiology services, including diagnoses and treatment options to the lower South Island. Our resident cardiologist, Dr Krys Milburn, has more than 14 years of experience, training and working around the world. We ensure that you can promptly get the cardiology services you require with our short wait times for appointments and comprehensive consultation services. Our clinic focuses on clinical and interventional cardiology, providing echocardiography, cardioversion, transcatheter valve implantation, and more.

Contact us with any questions or to book a consultation.