The heart is a muscular organ located behind and slightly left of the breastbone. This muscular organ pumps blood through the network of arteries and veins called the cardiovascular system. This system is responsible for delivering and recycling blood throughout the whole body.
An echocardiography screening uses advanced ultrasound Doppler technology to view inside of the thoracic cavity. These screenings view the aortic, mitral, pulmonic and tricuspid valves for any kind of irregularity in size or function. General chamber enlargement and chamber hypertrophy are detected as well.
The heart contains four main chambers: The right atrium, right ventricle, left ventricle and left atrium. Blood flows within these chambers, the lungs and the rest of your body to ensure proper circulation and providing oxygen for all organs of the body. Constant and consistent blood flow is very important for the body. Calcium is a natural mineral found in your body. As blood repeatedly flows through these valves, calcification may occur, leading to fluid collections within the heart or the arteries.
Left undetected, large concentrations of calcium may lead to angina, syncope, arrhythmia or even cardiac arrest. The result of this screening will identify the possible need to consult your doctor if you are at risk.