During the test, a bit of gel is placed on your chest, and a hand-held wand called a transducer is passed over your torso. You should take your medications as you normally would and you may eat before the test.
What Does an Echocardiogram Show?
The echocardiogram provides doctors with important information about the heart, such as:
- Size of the heart. The echocardiogram is useful for measuring the size of the heart chambers and thickness of the heart muscle.
- Pumping strength. The test shows whether the heart is pumping at full strength or is weakened. It can also help determine whether the various parts of the heart pump equally.
- Valve problems. The test shows the shape and motion of the heart valves. It can help determine if a valve is narrowed or leaking and can help show how severe the problem is.
- Other uses. The test is also used to detect the presence of fluid around the heart, blood clots or masses inside the heart, and abnormal holes between heart chambers.
The results of the test are often used to diagnose high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, aneurysms or other heart conditions. The test will take approximately 1 hour by a trained Beverly Hills Cardiologist.