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The Valvular Heart Disease Program has the latest imaging technology needed to accurately diagnose and evaluate all types of valvular disease. It’s the first step in our continuous spectrum of care. Our specialists can also offer a second opinion if you have concerns about your current diagnosis and treatment options. Our imaging technology includes:

  • Echocardiogram – An "echo" uses ultrasound technology to take images of your beating heart. It provides valuable information about your heart and how blood flows through it. Types of echocardiography include transthoracic (TTE), transesophageal (TEE), intracardiac (ICE), three-dimensional (3D) and strain.
  • Stress Echo/Doppler Exams – An echocardiogram is done before, during, and after the heart is stressed, either through exercise or with medications. The Doppler exam, which creates black and white or color images, uses sounds waves to measure the direction, amount and speed of blood flow through the heart and across valves.

Our echocardiography laboratory has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), a national accreditation agency that requires rigorous standards for performance and interpretation of echocardiograms. Froedtert & MCW locations across southeastern Wisconsin offer echo studies. Learn more about the types of echocardiograms we offer.

Our sonographers are specifically trained to image for valve diseases, and take extra steps to evaluate the severity of the valvular disease and produce a more detailed evaluation.

Other diagnostic tests may be used in evaluating and diagnosing valve disease, including: