What is an Echocardiogram?

An Echocardiogram is a test your doctor might order to assess many functions of your heart.

It will assess the contraction and relaxation functions of your heart, as well as the size and thickness of the heart muscle.

It will also asses the blood flow and pressure gradients across the heart valves.

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EKG of a patient having a heart attack

Case 1: Mitral Valve Regurgitation

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Case 2: Patent Foramen Ovale (Hole in the Heart)

What is an Electrocardiogram?

An EKG is the test doctors do to record the electrical current coming from your heart.

It is one of the most important and information revealing cost effective tests known in medicine today.

An EKG can detect serious heart problems as well as problems unrelated to the heart but reflected in its electricity.

The EKG is so important that it has to be done within 10 minutes for patients presenting to the Emergency Department with Chest Discomfort or symptoms suggestive of a HEART ATTACK

Case 1: Mitral Valve Prolapse