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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.
Why Have A 2D Echocardiogram?
- Determine the presence of many types of heart disease.
- Evaluate your hearts condition post-heart attack, stroke, or heart failure
- Check the thickness of your heart wall, and chambers
- Check heart valves (this may include artificial valves).
- Evaluate your heart’s ability to pump blood.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of your medical or surgical treatments
The appointment will take approximately 30-45 minutes*.
Test Preparation and FAQs
Can I eat or drink on the day of the test?
Yes. Eat and drink as you normally would the day of the test.
Should I take my medications on the day of the test?
Take all of your medications at the usual times, as prescribed by your doctor.
What should I wear on the day of the test?
Wear comfortable clothing. You will change into a gown from the waist up before the test.
What happens during the test?
- Step One:
You will change into a gown from the waist up. The echocardiographer (echo tech) will then explain the procedure and ask you to lie on a bed.
- Step Two:
The tech will then place a small probe (transducer) with some gel on it onto your chest to take images of your heart.
- Step Three:
You may be asked to change positions several times during the exam so the technologist can take pictures of different areas of your heart. You may also be asked to hold your breath at times.
In some cases, the use of a contrast is necessary to get better images of your heart. The contrast is injected through an IV which will be placed in your arm. Reactions to the contrast are very rare. The technologist will explain the use of contrast and obtain your written consent before administering it.
Sounds are a part of the exam. This is the sound of your blood pumping through your veins. You may or may not hear these sounds during the test.
How will I feel during the test?
You should feel no major discomfort during the test. You may feel a coolness on your skin from the gel on the transducer, and a slight pressure of the transducer on your chest.
How do I get the results of my test?
After a cardiologist has reviewed your test, the results will be sent to the referring physician and your family doctor. If a consult has been requested, you will also have an appointment to speak to a cardiologist who will discuss the results of the exam with you. This appointment may or may not occur on the same day as your exam.