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.
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.