Echocardiography & Stress Testing

Echocardiography & Stress Testing

Since its inception, the use of echocardiography has revolutionized the field of cardiology. Utilizing ultrasound waves, transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) provides a quick, painless, noninvasive method for visualizing the heart and surrounding structures allowing the cardiologist the ability to diagnose a myriad of cardiac abnormalities immediately. This test often forms the initial method for evaluation of the heart. In addition, echocardiography can be combined with exercise stress testing to aid in the diagnosis of potential coronary blockages. For a more exhaustive evaluation of the heart, for instance, when evaluating for specific valve diseases or infection of the heart valves, a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) can be performed. This procedure utilizes a specialized probe containing an ultrasound transducer at its tip and is passed into the patient’s esophagus. Because of this, the procedure is done after administration of intravenous sedation.

Dr. Diwadkar is board certified in adult comprehensive echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) and has special certification to perform all forms of echocardiography (TTE, TEE) and stress testing (treadmill exercise stress testing, dobutamine stress echocardiography, exercise stress echocardiography and nuclear stress testing).