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echocardiogram

 [ek″o-kahr´de-o-gram″]
the record produced by echocardiography.

ech·o·car·di·o·gram

(ek'ō-kar'dē-ō-gram'),
The record obtained by echocardiography. See: ultrasonography.

echocardiogram

(ĕk′ō-kär′dē-ə-grăm′)
n.
1. A visual record produced by echocardiography.
2. The procedure performed to produce such a record.

echocardiogram

[ek′ōkär′dē·əgram′]
Etymology: Gk, echo, sound, kardia, heart, gramma, record
a graphic outline of the movements of heart structures produced by ultrasonography.
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Echocardiogram

ech·o·car·di·o·gram

(ek'ō-kahr'dē-ō-gram)
The ultrasonic record obtained by echocardiography.
See: ultrasonography

Echocardiogram

A non-invasive ultrasound test that shows an image of the inside of the heart. An echocardiogram can be performed to identify any structural problems which cause a heart murmur.

echocardiogram

ultrasound examination (echogram) of the heart

ech·o·car·di·o·gram

(ek'ō-kahr'dē-ō-gram)
Ultrasonic record by echocardiography.

echocardiogram,

n a visual representation, produced through ultrasound waves, of the heart's structure and movement.
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Ecchymosis.

echocardiogram

the record produced by echocardiography.

Patient discussion about echocardiogram

Q. My mother had a chest pain and she was sent for a TEE. When do you need a TEE and when a normal echo is fine? My mother had a chest pain few weeks ago. we were sure its a heart attack and went to the ER. There the doctors did some tests and she was sent for a (trans thoracic echocardiogram) TEE. I want to know when do you need a TEE and when you can do just a normal echocardiogram because the TEE was very painful for her and we want to know if ther was a better way.

A. The main difference between TEE and normal echo is that in TEE u put the transducer directly in the esophagus. The transducer is the same and the idea is to put it as close as possible to the heart.
As far as I know there are some heart situations the TEE is better for diagnosis that normal echo. Maybe your mom had one of those situations?
I can recommend you to ask the ER doctor. he will probably be able to give a better explanation for his choice

Q. I am scheduled for a TEE and i am very scared. what is exactly going to happen there? I am scheduled for a Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) for my heart valve problem and i am very scared. what is exactly going to happen there to me? I understand i need to swallow somthing and I am not sure I'll be able to do it. I have a strong gag reflex. can someone tell me what I can do to reduce the fear?

A. During a TEE you will be requested to swallow something that looks like a big chocolate kiss. This is all the swallowing that is involved. It is not fun, and me too have a strong gag reflex. I asked the doctor to let me watch the TEE of the guy that was before me in the line. After I saw how this test is done it was easier for me.
(Don't get me wrong, you will want to puke but you will be able to handle this urge)

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