What is an Echocardiogram?

An Echocardiogram may also be referred to as an
Echo, Transthoracic Echocardiogram, or TTE.

An Echocardiogram is a safe non-invasive test that is used to look for any heart problems. Ultrasound is used to create pictures of the heart from outside the body using sound waves from a small probe, which is placed on your chest. 

Echocardiography can detect early signs of heart disease and identify heart abnormalities which will help assist doctors in seeking the proper treatment. It is a way to look at and assess heart function, including  assessing blood flow through the different chambers of the heart. Your heart muscle, valves, large blood vessels and blood flow can be assessed in great detail. Important information about the blood pressures in the heart chambers and lungs is also provided by Echocardiography. 

A Doctor might order an Echocardiogram test to assess the heart for:    


No preparation is required and you should continue to take your medications as directed by your Doctor. 

What to expect during an Echocardiogram?


Echocardiography uses sound waves called ultrasound. There are no known risks to the body from ultrasound.

Results : 

The study is reported by a specialist Cardiologist and the results will be available within 48 hours.