Transthoracic Echocardiogram Echo
 
 

Transthoracic Echocardiogram (Echo)

A transthoracic echocardiogram (echo), also called an ECG or EKG is an electrocardiogram, a procedure that measures the electrical activity of the heart. Patches called electrodes are affixed to the arms, chest or legs. The electrodes are connected to a machine that records the heart's electrical signals. This test can evaluate heart damage, heart rate, if heart medicines and pacemakers are working effectively and determine the position and size of heart chambers. It is conducted if an individual is having palpitations or chest pain. ECGs/EKGs are also given to individuals with a history of heart trouble or if they have a family with a history of heart conditions.