General

What is a 2D Echocardiogram?

A 2D Echocardiogram is a non-invasive, painless and risk-free ultrasound of the heart. It is done using high-frequency ultrasound waves reflecting off various structures of the heart to obtain one and two dimension real-time images of your beating heart

 

How is a 2D Echocardiogram done?

An ultrasonographer uses a probe to send ultrasound waves to the heart to delineate the structures. It is a dynamic scan of the heart. 

 

What can a 2D Echocardiogram detect?

It can evaluate the competency of the heart valves and look for any dilatation of the heart chambers. It can calculate the ejection fraction of the heart using the Doppler principle. It is able to detect abnormal movements of the muscle wall which can suggest a previous heart attack. 

This provides your doctor with valuable information regarding the function and health of your heart.

 

When do I need a 2D Echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram may be done for further evaluation of signs or symptoms that may suggest:

    • Atherosclerosis – Clogging of the arteries by fatty materials and substances in the bloodstream.
    • Congenital Heart Disease – Defects in one or more of the heart structures during birth
    • Cardiomyopathy – Enlargement of heart due to thick/weak heart muscle
    • Heart Failure – Heart muscle is too weak or stiff during heart relaxation and blood cannot be pumped efficiently. 
  • Aneurysm – Widening and weakening of a part of the heart muscle or aorta.

An echocardiogram may also be done to assess the heart’s overall function and general structure.

 

Where can I do a 2D Echocardiogram?

Here at Minmed, We have our HERITAGE Executive Health Screening package with 2D Echocardiogram available at our flagship screening centre in Paragon.