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Echocardiographic examinations

Echocardiography is an ultrasound examination of the heart. The examination provides information about what the structures of the heart look like and how they function.

Overview

It is used to detect dysfunctions of the heart chambers and atria. It also reveals heart defects, valvular defects, cardiac muscle weakness, pericardial diseases and scarring after a heart attack. Using so-called color Doppler echocardiography, processes in the heart can be visualized in color. The physician sees how the chambers fill with blood, how the heart valves move and how the heart works. The blood flow in the heart and the function of the heart valves can thus be examined particularly well.

Our team is made up of professionals with many years of training who specialize almost exclusively in performing echocardiographies and thus perform examinations of outstanding quality.

We perform different types of echocardiography:

Transthoracic echocardiography.

The ultrasound probe is placed on the chest (thorax). Images of the heart are taken through the chest wall.

Transesophageal echocardiography

The ultrasound probe is inserted into the esophagus (food pipe). This requires the patient to swallow a thin tube. Images of the heart are taken from the esophagus.

Stress echocardiography or exercise echocardiography

Transthoracic echocardiography is performed under physical or drug stress. The images at rest are compared with those under stress, which allows conclusions to be drawn about the function of the heart under stress.

For patients

You can either register yourself or be referred by your primary care physician, specialist.

Tel. +41 44 255 15 15

For referrals

University Hospital Zurich
Universitäres Herzzentrum Zürich
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zürich

Tel. +41 44 255 15 15