Echocardiography is the central visual examination of the heart with ultrasound.
For this purpose, images and video sequences are recorded painlessly at different points of the upper body with an ultrasound probe. Thus, structures such as heart muscle and heart valves as well as the pumping power of the heart can be assessed in an outstanding quality. In addition, indications of circulatory disorders of the heart muscle can be obtained.
Modern ultrasound devices also provide the ability to colorize blood flow and measure blood and tissue velocities. In addition to standardized cardiac ultrasound examinations, the method of strain echocardiography can be used for finer tissue analysis. It serves to establish an early structural damage to the heart at an early stage, which is not yet evident in conventional cardiac ultrasound examination.