Ultrasound Cardiac Strain Imaging
Cardiac strain imaging evaluates the function of the heart muscle using noninvasive ultrasound imaging to identify subtle changes in heart functions. What is Cardiac Strain Ultrasound? Strain imaging is a method in echocardiography (ultrasound) for measuring change in shape and dimension of the myocardium (heart muscle) during the heart cycle. By strain imaging, the simultaneous function of different regions can be displayed and measured. If there is a part that is weakened it shows reduced and altered function. Cardiac strain testing aids clinicians in determining next steps of patient care especially those with: • LVH or Heart Thickening • Heart Failure • Aortic Stenosis (Heart Valve Disease) • Cancer What Causes Heart Disease? High stress levels, excessive alcohol use, not exercising regularly, and eating too much fat, salt or sugar all put extra strain on your heart. Some people have a family history of heart disease, so they may be at higher risk of developing heart problems themselves. Is Heart Disease Serious? The disease can lead to heart swelling and eventual heart failure. Diseases of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy). Cardiomyopathy often makes the heart rigid or thick. It can make it harder for the heart to pump blood. Symptoms of Heart Disease • Pressure or fullness • Burning or tightness in your chest • Crushing or searing pain that spreads to your back, neck, shoulders, and one or both arms • Pain that lasts more than a few minutes • Pain that gets worse with activity • Pain that goes away and comes back • Pain that varies in intensity Tests for Diagnosing Heart Conditions Talk to your doctor about any cardiac symptoms you may be having. To help identify your condition they may order some tests which could include: • Blood pressure tests • Monitoring Your Pulse • X-rays & Stress Tests • Cardiac Strain Ultrasound Talk to your doctor today about whether or not Cardiac Strain Ultrasound may be right for you.