Echocardiogram

Echocardiogram is an ultrasound test that evaluates the structures and functions of the heart.

This is to assess the overall fu Echocardiogram Instructions.

On the day of the test, eat and drink as you normally would. Take all of your medications at the usual times, as prescribed by your doctor.

  • During the test, you will be given a gown to wear.
  • You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up
  • The technician will ask you to lie on your left side on the bed exam.
  • The technician will place a wand (sound wave transducer) on several areas of your chest.
  • The wand will have a small amount of gel on the end, which will not harm your skin.
  • You maybe asked to change positions several times during the test.
  • Estimate time of test, 30 minutes.
  • Patients arriving 15 minutes beyond their appointment time maybe required to reschedule.

Why it is done:

  • Look for the cause of abnormal heart sounds (murmurs or clicks), an enlarged heart, unexplained chest pains, shortness of breath, or irregular heartbeats.
  • Check the thickness and movement of the heart wall.
  • Look at the heart valves and check how well they work.
  • See how well an artificial heart valve is working.
  • Measure the size and shape of the heart's chambers.
  • Check the ability of your heart chambers to pump blood (cardiac performance). During an echocardiogram, your doctor can calculate how much blood your heart is pumping during each heartbeat. You might have a low ejection fraction if you have heart failure
  • Detect a disease that affects the heart muscle and the way it pumps, such as cardiomyopathy
  • Look for blood clots and tumors inside the heart.