Echocardiogram is a procedure wherein sound waves are used to create accurate images of the heart, to identify and diagnose any problems within. These images also depict the blood flow within the heart and through the blood vessels, giving the doctor an accurate understanding of your condition.
Echocardiograms are often recommended to those with chest pain, breathlessness, hypertension, heart murmurs and abnormal ECG or chest X- ray. Patients with valves problem, heart surgery history or heart attack history will also require regular echo test to survey disease progression.
- Do I need to fast for the test?
- No, you can eat or drink as per normal before the test.
- How long would it take to do an echocardiogram?
- The test takes just over half an hour.
- Is it quite uncomfortable?
- We will provide you with a clean, loose-fitting pyjama top to change into. You will be lying on your left side most of the time during the test. The cardiac physiologist will apply ultrasound jelly over your chest and place the handheld ultrasound probe against your chest to acquire the images. You will often be asked to assist us in getting the best view of your heart by holding your breath briefly.