Echocardiogram

ECG is a quick test where you are hooked up to some wires for a few seconds. It checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart.

What is it?

An ECHO uses sound waves (ultrasound) to create a picture of your heart. The recorded waves show the shape, texture and movement of your heart valves, as well as the size of your heart chambers and how well they are working.

Why is it done?

An ECHO may be done to assess a variety of heart conditions, such as heart murmurs, damage to heart muscle in those who have had a heart attack, and infections in the heart. It may also be recommended if you are experiencing abnormal heart sounds, shortness of breath, palpitations, angina (chest pain) or have a history of stroke. It is very useful in diagnosing heart valve problems.

How long does it take?

30-45 minutes

How to prepare:

No special preparations are necessary for a standard echocardiogram.