Echocardiogram

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An echocardiogram, often referred to as an echo, is an ultrasound of the heart. An echo uses sound waves to view the chambers, walls, valves and blood flow in the heart.

The echo tech will first ask you to undress from the waist up (jewelry and glasses are okay to keep on). The tech will use a probe with ultrasound gel to produce the images needed. To get the best pictures, the tech may ask you to lay on your side or to hold your breath for a few seconds.

The test will take between 25-45 minutes.

Why It Is Done:

  • • Check for congenital heart disease
  • • Evaluate the hearts condition post heart attack, stroke, or heart failure
  • • Check the thickness of the heart wall, and chambers
  • • Check heart valves (this may include artificial valves)
  • • Evaluate cardiac performance – ability of the hearts chambers to pump blood

How To Prepare:

Do not rub any creams or lotions on your chest prior to appointment.

This appointment will take approximately 30-45 minutes.

**Please note that due to certain extenuating circumstances and demand, walk-in services may not always be immediately available and on occasion will be subject to next availability.