The cardiac specialists at the Tommy Lasorda Heart Institute use state-of-the-art
approaches to assess a patients' heart function. Medical technology
now makes it possible to evaluate the heart's strength and function
using non-invasive techniques.
An echocardiogram (ECHO), one of the most common procedures, uses high-pitched
sound waves to produce an image of the heart that can be viewed on a video
screen. The ECHO evaluates heart wall thickness and motion, as well as
the structure and function of the heart valves. This helps identify problems
such as poor blood flow in the heart, areas of heart muscle that are not
contracting normally, previous injury to the heart muscle caused by impaired
blood flow and evidence of heart failure or a blood clot.
Non-invasive procedures offered at the Tommy Lasorda Heart Institute include: