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Tests and Procedures~Echocardiogram

what is an echocardiogram an

echocardiogram is a non-invasive test

that uses high-frequency sound waves or

ultrasound to examine the hearts anatomy

and function this test provides

information about your heart size the

appearance of the valves and the

thickness of the heart muscle preparing

for the test there is no need for any

special preparation you may eat and go

about your normal activities unless

otherwise informed do continue to take

all your medications prescribed by your

doctor and follow your doctor's orders

as usual

the test the entire test takes less than

one hour the echocardiogram

will be performed by a scenographer a

specially trained ultrasound

technologist you will be asked to

disrobe from the waist up and will be

provided with a gown you will lie on an

examining table in the sonographer will

attach small adhesive patches with wires

to record the timing of your heartbeat

the sonographer will obtain ultrasound

pictures of your heart using a small

handheld transducer in water-soluble gel

the lights will be dimmed to reduce

glare so the sonographer can better see

the picture monitor changes in body

position are sometimes needed to get

enhanced pictures at times the

technologist may need to apply added

pressure with the scanning probe to

visualize certain areas requiring

additional views while the Doppler

ultrasound test is performed you will

hear a swishing sound as the instrument

receives and processes the signals

Doppler ultrasound is particularly

helpful in the evaluation of heart

murmurs color ultrasound imaging

provides additional information about

direction and distribution of blood flow

when this is being performed

you will notice multiple colors on the

monitor screen

the echocardiogram test includes doppler

and color evaluations of your heart is

it safe sound waves do not cause pain

the only discomfort you may experience

would be related to the pressure of the

transducer against your skin there are

no reports of complications related to

the use of diagnostic ultrasound when

will I receive the results your tests

will be reviewed and interpreted by a

cardiologist and a report will be

provided to your physician who will

contact you