Echocardiogram

What is an Echocardiogram?  

Also known as a 2D echocardiogram uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce pictures of your heart’s chambers, valves, walls and the blood vessels attached to your heart.

Why did the Clinician order this exam/study?

Your clinician may use an echo test to look at your heart’s structure and check how well your heart functions.  The test can help a clinician assess the size and shape of your heart, and the size, thickness and movement of your heart’s walls, the heart’s pumping strength, whether or not the heart valves are working correctly, and to check if blood is leaking backwards through your heart valves known as regurgitation.  The test will also help the clinician find out if there are problems with the outer lining of your heart, problems with the large blood vessels that enter and leave the heart, or if there are any abnormal holes between the chambers of the heart detected.

How do I prepare for this exam/study?

There is no preparation for this study.

Who will be administering the exam/study?

Our office has ultrasound technicians that come from Wayne Memorial Hospital to perform the study.

What will I experience during the exam/study?

The study is a non-invasive study that has no effects.  Our ultrasound technician will perform the study.  You lie on a table and the technician places small metal discs (electrodes) on your chest.  The electrodes keep track of your heartbeat during the test.  The technician will put gel on your chest to help sound waves pass through your skin.  The probe will be passed across your chest.  The probe produces sound waves that bounce off your heart and “echo” back to the probe producing the images which are displaying on a video monitor.  The pictures from the video monitor are recorded and printed for interpretation.

What should I do after the exam/study?

You may resume regular daily actives.

When will I receive the result of my exam/study?

You will receive the results from the study at your next follow up visit.  You may receive a phone call if you need to come in sooner based on results.  If you do not have a follow up visit scheduled, please call our office to schedule one.