Did you know that sound energy can be used to determine some aspects of your health? Well, 2D Echo is one such technique. Dr. Siva Kumar Reddy is one of the best cardiologists, and one of the tests he suggests frequently to determine your heart condition is a 2D Echo of the heart.
What Is A 2D Echo?
A 2D Echo is a standard ultrasound test that creates images of the heart. It displays the inner images of the heart showing chambers, valves, and the major blood vessels of the heart. An expert cardiologist can look at these images and determine if there are any abnormalities in the heart.
What Does A 2D Echo Detect?
2D Echo or Echocardiography provides the following information about the heart:
- Size of the chambers
- Thickness of the walls of the heart
- Pumping function of the heart
- Function of the valves
- Amount of fluid surrounding the heart
- Blood clots
- Excess pressure in the lungs
- Birth defect in the heart, etc.
How Is A 2D Echo Done?
You will first change into fresh, clean robes. A gel-like substance will be applied to your chest area. Traditionally, the patient lies down on his left side. The technician moves a medical device, called the transducer, across the chest to get desired views of the heart. You will be instructed to modulate your breathing during the examination. The images are registered in the form of pictures and videos. The cardiologist looks at these images to understand the health of your heart.
Is A 2D Echo Safe?
A 2D Echo is absolutely safe. In authorised hospitals, where a good machine is used and the test is conducted by a qualified technician, there is no risk of health complications. This test is painless and non-invasive.
How Would You Prepare For A 2D Echo?
You need not take any precautions for a general 2D Echo. But if you are taking a transesophageal echocardiogram, you must not eat anything for at least 3 hours prior to the test. This test also requires you to take medicine before the test. Hence, after the test, you must stay not stay alone for 24 hours; stay accompanied by a friend or a member of your family.
Treatment By Dr. Siva Kumar Reddy After A 2D Echo
If a 2D Echo shows abnormality, generally, more tests are performed to confirm the test results. Dr. Siva will access the tests to determine the exact conditions of your heart and will customize a treatment plan that will suit you the best.