Heart Valve Institute

Diagnosing Valve Disease

Early Diagnosis. Early Intervention.

At the Heart Institute, we offer advanced imaging to detect valve disease, including the latest 3-D TEE or transesophageal echocardiogram. These diagnostic technologies help to the location, type and extent of valve disease.

Echocardiography, which uses sound waves to create a moving picture of your heart, is the primary technology used to detect valve disease. The echo from sound waves transmitted by a wand waved over your chest is converted into pictures of your heart that can be viewed on a computer screen. An additional form of echocardiography – transesophageal echocardiogram, records sound waves from a wand passed down your throat. At St. Mary Medical Center, we offer the most advanced echocardiography technology – 3D transesophageal echocardiogram or 3-D TEE. Echocardiography tests help us to determine the:

  • Size and shape of the chambers of the heart and its valves
  • Quality of Heart Function
  • Valves that have narrowed or are leaking

Diagnostic technologies used to evaluate valve disease include:

  • Echocardiogram
  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram
  • 3-D Transesophageal Echocardiogram
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Chest X-ray
  • Stress Test