What is an Echocardiogram?
An Echocardiogram (Echo) is a noninvasive procedure that uses sound waves to produce an image of your heart. By checking how your hearts chambers and valves are pumping blood through your heart your provider is able to diagnose a range of heart conditions you may have.
How do I prepare for an Echocardiogram?
No special preparations are necessary for an Echocardiogram. You can eat, drink, and take medications as you normally would.
What happens during an Echocardiogram?
You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and lie on an examination table either on your back or side. The technologist will attach electrodes to your chest to measure the rhythm of your heart beating. Warm gel is then placed on the transducer that is placed firmly on your skin to record sound wave echoes from your heart and convert them into images. Occasionally, it may be necessary to start an IV and inject either saline or contrast.
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