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Echocardiography

Echocardiogram_2_0What is an Echocardiogram?

An Echocardiogram is a safe and painless diagnostic procedure that uses sound waves to take moving pictures of the heart. The pictures obtained during this procedure will be digitally recorded and transmitted to the cardiologist. These pictures allow your physician to determine how well your heart is working and if other treatment is needed.

What to Expect

  • No special preparations are necessary for your echocardiogram. You may eat, go about your normal activities, and continue taking all prescribed medications.
  • Before the procedure begins, a gown and sheet will be provided to keep you warm and comfortable.
  • A technologist will ask you to lie down and will apply a water-soluable gel to the area to be scanned. Monitoring leads will be applied to your body. Light pressure will be applied to the area being scanned as the echocardiogram is completed.
  • You will be asked to lie on your left side and may be asked to change your body position during the test to obtain the best images of your heart.
  • The entire procedure will take approximately 45 minutes.

After the Test

When your test has been completed, it will be interpreted by a board-certified cardiologist and compared to any previous studies. The report will be provided to your physician. Your doctor will review the final results and diagnosis with you.