An echocardiogram is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to evaluate how well the heart is working. Gel is applied to the chest and a transducer (wand-like apparatus) is moved over the chest area to produce an image of the internal structures of the heart.
The test will take from 30-60 minutes depending on the patient’s condition and the type of echo that is ordered by the doctor.
Why is an echocardiogram done?
An echocardiogram will help the doctor to evaluate:
What preparation is needed for the test?
- How welll the heart is moving
- How well the valves are working
- The size of the heart and it’s pumping chambers (ventricles)
- There are no restrictions on food, liquids or medications for this test