This is a noninvasive and painless ultrasound of your heart, which uses high-pitched sound waves to create a picture of your heart that can be seen on a video screen.
We perform three types of echocardiograms in our center:
Transthoracic echocardiogram: Our ultrasound technician moves the transducer over your chest or abdominal wall to obtain different views of your heart.
Stress Echocardiogram: Our ultrasound technician will view your heart before and after your heart is stressed by you walking or running on our treadmill. If you are scheduled for this test, you should wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
Doppler Echocardiogram: We use this test to examine the speed and direction of the blood flow through your blood vessels, heart valves and heart chambers.
Echocardiogram is performed to:
- Assess the functionality of your heart
- Evaluate existence of different types of heart conditions
- Assess heart valve problems
- Examine the effectiveness of heart medication.
- Evaluate blood clots in the heart’s vessels
Unless otherwise instructed, there are no special preparations that you need to take before an echocardiogram. Thus, you may eat, drink and take your medications as you normally would.