An echocardiogram is a painless and simple procedure that allows us to examine the heart’s electrical signal. From this, we can gather information on your pet’s heart rate and detect any irregularities in rhythm. This test also allows our veterinarians to get a detailed look inside of your pet’s heart, and to clearly visualize the chambers and valves. Once we have visualized the patient’s heart, we can use these details to make a diagnosis, and create a course of treatment if necessary.
Echocardiography can identify areas of heart muscle that are not pumping due to poor blood flow or injury from previous "heart attacks." In addition, a type of echocardiography called Doppler ultrasound shows how well blood flows through the chambers and valves of a pet's heart. Echocardiography can detect blood clots inside the heart, fluid buildup in the sac around the heart (pericardium) and problems with the aorta.