Dubai Cardiology Clinic

Echocardiography – A Comprehensive Overview of this Cardiovascular Test

  • One of the best ways to avoid serious cardiovascular issues is by constantly monitoring heart health. Amongst the various tests and analysis that are used for the same, echocardiography test is one of the most effective.
  • The test helps in determining the health of the heart muscles, especially after the patients have suffered from a heart attack. It is also useful in detecting any heart defects that babies might be suffering from.

What is Echocardiography?

  • According to Echocardiography definition, it is a test that is used to create an image of the heart muscle enabling doctors to monitor the size, shape and movement of the heart valves and chambers.
  • The image also helps to monitor the flow of the blood through the heart, besides showing any abnormalities of the valves and any damage to the heart tissue, which might cause the organ to function abnormally.


How the test is performed?

  • The echocardiography procedure is performed by directing sound waves towards the heart and creating live images of the organ when these waves are rebound from the heart.
  • The test is performed by specially trained technicians and is generally carried out with the help of a special probe or transducer placed at the specific places on the chest wall.
  • This enables the heart specialists to view the organ from different angles and thoroughly analyse and evaluate its functionality.

Benefits of the test

Echocardiography is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests performed for detecting heart ailments. It is an extremely safe and effective procedure that offers significant amount of helpful information about this extremely vital body organ. Listed below are some of the benefits that can be obtained for the patients by conducting this test.

  • It enables the doctors to access the health and functionality of the heart valves and detect any diseases that might be afflicting the same.
  • It helps in detecting the presence and accessing the severity of coronary heart disease paving the way for its effective treatment.
  • It enables the heart specialists to detect any abnormalities in the pattern of blood flow, including the backward flow of blood through partly closed heart valves.
  • Most importantly echocardiography provides a non-invasive and effective method for diagnosis of a wide range of heart problems in a timely and risk free manner.

When is it recommended?

  • An echocardiograph might be suggested by a general physician or a heart specialist in case the patients show any symptoms of heart problems. These might include detection of abnormal heart sounds, shortness of breath and swelling in the legs etc.

Dubai Cardiology Clinic - Treatment of various cardiovascular diseases such as HypertensionIschemic heart disease, Holter monitoring, Heart failure, Stress test , chest pain and echocardiography are now available in DRHC.


Dr. M. Adib Nanaa

Specialist Cardiologist