What Echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound test of the heart. An ultrasound transducer is held against the ribs and uses high-frequency sound waves to form images of the heart on a computer.

An echocardiogram is used to assess the structure and function of the heart, including the heart chambers, valves, and pressures inside the heart. Your doctor may ask you to have an echocardiogram because of suspected heart failure, to assess a heart murmur, to rule out congenital abnormalities, or to follow up on previous cardiac surgery.

Preparation

Please shower before your appointment. Apply no moisturiser or powder, but underarm deodorant is allowed.

Ladies, please try and wear a top and bottom rather than a dress. A bare chest is required for the test, but a gown will be available for modesty.

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The procedure

The test will be performed by a cardiac technician and will take between 30-45mins. Your ECG will be monitored during the test. A water-based gel will be applied to the chest area. You will be asked to lie in different positions, but mostly on your left side. You may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds to improve image quality.  Some pressure will need to be applied to the transducer between your ribs to obtain adequate images. It is not unusual to feel some tenderness in the following days.

Moving and still images with be recorded and then reviewed by the cardiologist.

Informed consent

It is required by law to receive your consent to perform this test. It is important that you have read and understood this information. If you have any questions, please ask the technician prior to your test.

Appointments

To ensure your appointment runs smoothly, please arrive at the practice 10 minutes early to fill out any required paperwork.

Results

Results will be sent to your referring doctor. If ordered by our cardiologists, they will discuss at your next appointment.

Appointments

To ensure your appointment runs smoothly, please arrive at the practice 10 minutes early to fill out any required paperwork.

Results

Results will be sent to your referring doctor. If ordered by our cardiologists, they will discuss at your next appointment.