An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. This commonly used, non-invasive test allows your doctor to see how your heart is beating and pumping blood. Your cardiologist can use the images from an echocardiogram to identify various abnormalities in the heart muscle and valves.
This exam can be done right in our office. Our echocardiography lab is accredited in transthoracic echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). IAC accreditation ensures that our staff follows strict standards, enabling us to provide consistent quality testing for our patients. All of our technicians are registered adult cardiac sonographers; earning credentials from either the ARDMS or CCI credentialing organizations. Our lead technologist is registered by the ARDMS in both adult cardiac sonography and vascular sonography.
Your cardiologist may recommend an echocardiogram if you have any signs or symptoms of a heart problem such as shortness of breath or swelling in the legs. The test can look at your heart’s structure and check how well your heart functions, including the heart’s chambers, walls, and blood vessels.
We suggest you wear something comfortable. You can eat and drink before the test as you usually would. Take all your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
Echocardiograms are done by our specially trained technicians in the office. The test takes often takes less than 1 hour.
- You lie on a table in an exam room so your technician can better see the video monitor.
- Gel is put on your chest to help sound waves pass through your body.
- A small probe is moved across your chest so it can produce sound waves that bounce off your heart and “echo” back.
- The sound waves are changed into pictures and displayed on a computer capable of recording the images so your cardiologist can view them.
An echo does not hurt and has no known side effects.
Your cardiologist will discuss your results either after the test or at a follow-up appointment.
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