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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) is a procedure used to check for problems with your heart. It will also show any problems in the blood vessels near your heart. Sound waves are sent through a handheld device placed on your chest. The sound waves show the structure and function of your heart through pictures on a monitor.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or cardiologist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
What you can do to keep your heart healthy:
- Eat heart healthy foods. Eat whole grains, fruits, and vegetables every day. Limit salt and high-fat foods. Ask your healthcare provider for more information on a heart healthy diet. Ask if you need to lose weight. Your healthcare provider can help you create a healthy weight-loss plan.
- Exercise. Your healthcare provider may suggest an exercise program to help improve your heart health. It is best to start slowly, and do more as you get stronger. Do not start an exercise program without talking with your healthcare provider.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Keep a healthy weight so your heart does not have to work so hard. Ask your healthcare provider to help you create a weight loss plan if you are overweight.
- Manage your medical conditions. High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes can lead to heart problems. Work with your healthcare provider to manage your medical conditions and decrease your risk for heart problems.
- Do not smoke. If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking increases your risk for heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and other health problems. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you need help quitting.
Contact your healthcare provider or cardiologist if:
- You have chest pain or trouble breathing that is getting worse over time.
- You have questions or concerns about your procedure, treatment, or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have any of the following signs of a heart attack:
- Squeezing, pressure, or pain in your chest that lasts longer than 5 minutes or returns
- Discomfort or pain in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or arm
- Trouble breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or a sudden cold sweat, especially with chest pain or trouble breathing
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