Echocardiography is a type of ultrasound test that's used to measure the structure and function of the heart walls and valves. During the test, sound waves are emitted through your skin using a handheld device called a transducer. These waves bounce off your heart and return signals to a computer, which uses those signals to create images that show the heart and the blood flow through your heart and the vessels around it. Echocardiography plays an important role in the diagnosis and management of many different types of heart disease.
The test is a simple outpatient procedure that can be completed in about 45 minutes. Before the test begins, several electrodes will be adhered to your chest and shoulders to monitor your heart function. You'll be asked to lie down on your left side and a clear gel will be applied to your skin to enable the transducer to move smoothly across the area to be evaluated. During the test, the transducer will be moved across your skin with firm pressure to ensure the sound waves penetrate properly so the images are clear. You may also be asked to change position or hold your breath during the test so the transducer can get better “pictures” of your heart and the surrounding area. Once the test is complete, Dr. Daneshrad will look at the pictures and video and discuss the results with you.
Generally, no; however, at some points during the test, the transducer may be pressed firmly into your skin to get specific images, causing some mild and temporary discomfort.
Yes, echocardiography is not invasive and it doesn't require sedatives. You'll be able to drive home and resume your normal activities right after your test.
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