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Transthoracic echocardiogram

TTE

If you experience heart problems, a transthoracic echocardiogram can help our cardiology experts diagnose your condition

About TTE

A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) is an ultrasound technique, using sound wave reflections to visualise the structure and function of your heart chambers and valves.

It’s a commonly used investigation by cardiologists to investigate murmurs (sounds heard through a stethoscope by blood moving within the heart), shortness of breath and damage to the heart muscle by blood pressure or other diseases.

Need to know

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    Your consultant will take you through the following stages for your TTE. You will firstly be asked to remove clothing from the upper half of your body and will be offered a gown. Small sticky sensors (electrodes) connected to an ultrasound machine will be attached to your chest. These monitor your heart rhythm during the scan.

    You will then be asked to lie on your left hand side with your left arm above your head. This positioning allows for better images to be acquired. Ultrasound gel and a small hand held probe (transducer) is then applied to your chest to take pictures of your heart. The images from the scan will be instantly displayed on the ultrasound screen. After your scan, the sticky sensors will be removed. The procedure should take no more than one hour.
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    No specific preparation is required for the scan.
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    You should be able to go home shortly after your test. Dependent on the results of the TTE, your consultant will advise you on the next steps with regard to follow-up appointments.
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Our cardiac teams

We have a cardiac unit at each of our main hospitals who support smaller cardiac teams at our outpatient centres. The teams are made up of cardiac nurses and physiologists who will talk you through your scan and answer any questions you may have.

Our locations

From complex cardiothoracic surgery to tests and diagnostic procedures, we provide exceptional cardiac care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 7935 7700

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 0207 234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 0207 234 2773

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 0207 586 5959

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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