Transthoracic Echocardiogram

A transthoracic echocardiogram is a typical cardiac investigation that checks the heart and the blood vessels in and around it. It is essentially an ultrasound that allows Dr Sigauke to establish the overall health of your heart and see how it pumps blood.

What to expect during a TE

During a transthoracic echocardiogram, Dr Sigauke will request that you lie on your back or side on the patient bed while he places electrodes on your arms and legs to monitor your heart activity.

After applying a gel to your chest, Dr Sigauke will move the transducer firmly over the area. The transducer is linked to a monitor that records images of your heart and blood vessels for Dr Sigauke to view. He may ask you to breathe in and out, hold your breath or change position during the procedure.

The primary purpose of a TTE is to establish any heart conditions that may be damaging your health. Dr Sigauke will explain each image and diagram to you in detail so that you are aware of any issues.

Depending on your case, Dr Sigauke may prescribe further tests or medication.