Q- What is Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE)?

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) uses sound waves to make an image of your heart.  A device called a transducer sends sound waves that echo off your heart and back to the transducer. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen. The transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the most common type of echocardiogram. This test is used to determine how healthy your heart is. It's used for many reasons. Your doctor may do an echocardiogram to: 

  • Check a heart murmur. 
  • Look for the cause of shortness of breath or unexplained chest pain or pressure. 
  • Check how well your heart is pumping blood. 
  • Check to see how well your heart valves are working. 
  • Look for blood clots inside your heart.

Watch the video below to learn more about Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE) 

References- 1. Echocardiography. (n.d.). Texas Heart Institute. Retrieved February 4, 2021, from https://www.texasheart.org/heart-health/heart-information-center/topics/echocardiography/#:~:text=Echocardiography%20uses%20high%2Dfrequency%20sound