Your doctor has asked that you have an echocardiogram, also known as an echo or cardiac ultrasound. This pamphlet answers some of the questions you may have about the test.
Purpose of the test.
- To check your heart function after a heart attack.
- To check the valves in your heart.
- To detect heart tumors.
- To detect any fluid leakage into the sac surrounding your heart.
- To check the size, shape and motion of the various parts of your heart.
Description of the test.
The test may be done at your bedside or in an examination room. You will lie on an examining table. The room may be darkened slightly to make it easier to see the test screen. Clear jelly is applied to certain areas of your chest and a small transducer is placed directly over this jelly.
You might feel some pressure as the technician makes good contact with your skin. You may be asked to change your position so that different parts of your heart can be checked. You must remain still during the test.
This test is safe and painless.
How long will the test take?
About 30 to 60 minutes. Allow 2 hours for parking in case of delay.
What preparation is required?
You may want to go to the bathroom before the test so you can avoid any interruption during the test.
Where do I go for the test?
Cardiac Echo Lab, 2nd Floor, Providence II Building
Phone Number: 605-806-8018