Echocardiography Q & A

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Reading RoomWhat is Echocardiography?

An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. The picture is much more detailed than a plain x-ray image and involves no radiation exposure.

An echocardiogram allows doctors to see the heart beating, and to see many of the structures of the heart.

What are uses of an Echocardiogram?

This test is performed to evaluate the valves and chambers of the heart in a noninvasive way. The echocardiogram allows doctors to diagnose, evaluate, and monitor:

* Heart murmurs
* Abnormal heart valves
* The pumping function of the heart for people with heart failure
* Damage to the heart muscle in patients who have had heart attacks
* Infection in the sac around the heart (pericarditis)
* Infection on or around the heart valves (infectious endocarditis)
* The source of a blood clot or emboli after a stroke or TIA
* Congenital heart disease
* Atrial fibrillation
* Pulmonary hypertension

How do I prepare for an echocardiogram?

There is no special preparation for the test.

Note: Echocardiography is provided at Excel Medical Imaging, and interpreted by off-site cardiologists.

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