Are you ready to #Ask4Echo?
You have taken an important step in prioritizing your heart health and we are here to help continue that journey.
The #Ask4Echo campaign empowers patients and health care professionals to start the conversation about getting an echocardiogram for appropriate reasons.
If you have a history of heart problems or are experiencing shortness of breath, fatigue, chest tightness or pressure, dizziness, fainting, or exercise intolerance, be sure to ask your doctor if it might be heart valve disease and whether or not an echocardiogram is appropriate for you.
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What is an echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart.
In other words, it is a type of medical imaging of the heart to help health care professionals diagnose heart problems, such as damaged cardiac tissue, chamber enlargement, stiffening of the heart muscle, blood clots in the heart, fluid around the heart, and damaged or poorly functioning heart valves.
It is a vital tool used to help with the early diagnosis of heart valve disease.
An echocardiogram allows a health care professional to assess the structure and function of the heart, and can assist with diagnosing cardiac disease and monitoring disease progression; however, a disproportionate number of health care professionals actually do not order echocardiograms.
Why get an echocardiogram?
More than 25,000 people in the US die of heart valve disease each year, but it is treatable with a proper diagnosis.
Detection and diagnosis can be done through an echocardiogram, and that’s why we are asking you to ask for echocardiogram testing.
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About the Campaign
The #Ask4Echo campaign is Heart Valve Voice US’s campaign to empower patients and doctors to have and/or start the conversation about getting an echocardiogram for appropriate reasons. The overall goal of the campaign is to spread awareness around heart valve disease and the important role of echocardiograms have in making a diagnosis of heart valve disease. We know that if more cardiologists appropriately refer patients for echos, more people will be properly diagnosed and treated sooner, which can improve or save lives.
The campaign is geared toward educating patients about echocardiograms and encouraging them to start a conversation with their health care professional if an echocardiogram is right for them. For health care professionals, the campaign is centered around reinforcing the use of echocardiograms as a diagnostic tool if a patient’s symptoms or history indicate heart valve disease may be present. In addition, the campaign will encourage care partners to empower their loved ones to notice the symptoms of heart valve disease and ask about an echocardiogram.