An echocardiogram is an ultrasound test of your heart. This test is used to evaluate the size and function of your heart. It can be used to diagnose valvular disease, fluid accumulation around the heart, blood clots within the chambers of the heart, and generalized cardiac function.
There is no special preparation for the echocardiogram test. A qualified sonographer will perform the test and a cardiologist will interpret the results. The final results will be sent to your doctor.
The test will take approximately one hour. You will lie on a bed on your left side and electrodes will be put on your chest. Wires will be attached to the electrodes to give us a heartbeat pattern to record with the echocardiogram. An ultrasound probe and gel are used on your chest to take and record pictures of your heart as it is beating. Color and sound may be used to evaluate the valves of the heart. You may experience some discomfort from the pressure of the transducer on your chest and/or having to remain in one position for a period of time.
Your comfort during this procedure is very important to everyone at Community Howard Regional Health System. Please let the technician know if there is something that can be done to make you more comfortable during this procedure.
For more information, please call us at 765-453-8333. Our department is located downstairs in the northwest corner of the hospital.