An echocardiogram (echo) uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create a picture of your heart. The returning waves (echo) create a record (picture or video file) which shows the shape, texture, and movement of your heart valves. It aslo shows the size and movement of your heart chambers, condition of the heart muscle, etc.
The Doppler ultrasound studies the blood flow in the heart and allows us to figure out the condition of the heart vessels, narrowing of the arteries (stenosis), leakage or narrowing of the valves, etc., An Echo may assess a variety of heart conditions, such as heart murmurs, damage to the heart muscle in those who have had a heart attack, infections of the heart, inflammation in pericardial sack, and many others.
Echo/Doppler might be recommended to patients with abnormal heart sounds (murmur), chest pain(front and back), breathing problems, dizziness, syncope episodes, headaches, numbness in the limbs, etc. This procedure is strongly recommended after a heart attack and stroke to prevent recurrencies. It is also recommended after valve replacement surgery
Preparation for the procedure
No special preparation is required. Just make sure that you take a shower before you come to the clinic. Do not forget to bring your health card and a list of medications with you.
In examination room you’ll have to remove all waist up dresses and underwear and lie down to the bed. Our ultrasound technologist will apply 3 small electrodes on your chest. A gel is placed on your chest to help transmit the sound waves and a transducer (a unit that directs sound waves) is moved over your chest. This test involves no pain or discomfort. A typical test takes about 15 to 45 minutes.
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