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Lab Infrastructure in Hyderabad
Hyderabad is one of the most developed cities in India. It has top-notch medical facilities. Specialty hospitals, municipal dispensaries, and health posts provide immediate treatment. The health care facilities are available at every corner of the city.
All the labs and hospitals are well-equipped with advanced machines to diagnose various diseases and provide their treatment. They can conduct various medical tests with the latest technologies and high-tech equipment.
In Hyderabad, the changing lifestyle has caused a significant population to suffer from heart diseases and hypertension. The ECHO test uses the ultrasound projected on the heart and valves. The waves get bounced back and then project the heart’s real-time functioning.
In Hyderabad, if you want to book an ECHO, you can do it online with the MFine app. It is an easy and quick method to book any medical test with reputed lab partners.
Why book an ECHO test?
In ECHO tests, the ultrasound waves are projected on the body parts. These waves get bounced back from the heart and blood arteries and are displayed as moving images that can detect abnormalities in the heart and valves.
Doctors may advise this test to,
- Detect abnormalities of the heart associated with valves and pumping.
- Detect heart muscle damage and problems with the blood flow.
- Detect blood clots in the heart.
- Determine problems with the aorta.
- Detect heart defects.
- Determine pacemaker-related issues.
- Assess functioning of the heart especially after a heart attack.
Atherosclerosis is a health condition with a blockage in arteries by fatty compounds. It affects the heart’s wall motion or pumping function. The health condition of thick or weak heart muscles that enlarges the heart is cardiomyopathy. Heart failure causes stiffening of the muscles, which prevents efficient blood pumping. Therefore if you have swelling in the ankles, feet, and other body regions, you should consult your doctor, and they may recommend ECHO.
As one becomes older, cardiac illness, such as weakening heart muscle, leaky or blocked valves, and chamber enlargement, rises. In that case, the doctor recommends an echocardiogram to detect various such issues.
The doctors recommend the test to detect damage in the heart’s muscles and blood flow. If you have suffered a heart attack, the ECHO test is recommended to check the functioning of the heart and determine issues with the pacemaker.
What all tests are included in the ECHO test?
The ECHO includes various tests to detect heart and blood flow-related health conditions. These include,
- M-mode echocardiography: The images provided by this test resemble traces of heart components. It measures the cardiac structures accurately, such as pumping chambers, heart size, and wall thickness.
- Doppler echocardiography: This helps to detect the blood flow across the heart’s chambers and valves which tells about the heart’s efficiency. This test can detect irregularities in blood flow.
- Color Doppler: This test included in the ECHO is an enhanced version of Doppler echocardiography, and it makes use of colors to indicate the blood flow direction.
- 2-D echocardiography: This test is performed to examine the heart’s action, and it shows the heart’s structures moving in real-time, which lets doctors examine the various heart structures.
- 3-D echocardiography: It forms a more detailed heart structure, and it measures the heart’s function while beating, thus allowing a more precise evaluation.
What preparation is required for an ECHO Test?
Doctors may advise you to not eat anything a few hours before the test. It is important to inform the doctor if you are pregnant/breastfeeding before undergoing the test. You must inform the doctor and staff at the center about any of your implants, pacemaker device, vascular stents etc. You must remove all the jewelry before undergoing the test. You will be asked to wear a hospital gown before undergoing the test. You may be asked to stop certain medications before the test. Thus, it is better to inform them about all the medicines that you are consuming before getting the test done.
What is the average cost of an ECHO test in Hyderabad ?
The cost of ECHO depends on the city, the lab partner, the specific recommendations made by the physician, and some other factors. The average cost of this test in Hyderabad is usually between Rs 1800-2000. We highly recommend looking up the actual cost when booking the appointment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is a doctor's prescription mandatory for the ECHO test?
Yes, a doctor’s note is mandatory for getting an ECHO test done.
Are there any discounts running on MFine for the ECHO test?
You can avail up to 50% discount on MFine for the ECHO test. This may vary based on your location and the preferred lab partner.
Will I get a report analysis after the test?
Yes, your report analysis will be done by an expert doctor for free on MFine app.
Are there any packages available on MFine for scans?
Yes, there is the Healthy Heart Package and Complete Pollution Package that you can avail through MFine. These packages include multiple scans to detect problems or diseases.
Can I reschedule my appointment?
Yes, you can reschedule your appointment. However, it is subject to the availability of slots.
When is an ECHO recommended?
Doctors may recommend the ECHO test if you have any health issues related to the heart or blood flow. It is best to consult your doctor if you have swelling in various parts, chest pain, shortness of breath, etc. In case you are already undergoing echocardiograms, then maintain follow-up appointments.
What equipment or instruments are used for ECHO?
To perform echocardiography the equipment required are an echocardiography machine, a transducer, and contrast material for contrast examinations. It is critical to have a proper echocardiography machine setting.
Is it common to experience pain after an ECHO?
The only pain associated with ECHO is due to the position of the transducer, which generates pressure on the body. Above all, staying still on the table can be uncomfortable. Other than that, there is no pain or risk involved with the test. If you have dizziness, vomiting, shortness of breath, and difficulty swallowing, you should immediately consult your doctor. There is no after effect of echocardiogram, and you can immediately start eating or drinking after the test.
When am I allowed to go home after an ECHO?
Many stay after the test to discuss the result with the doctor. However, you can immediately go home and get the result later. Only if the hospitalization is needed in some exceptional cases, then will you need to stay.
Why is it necessary to hold one's breath during an ECHO?
During an ECHO, you will have to change positions and also hold your breath to allow the sonographer to get the highest quality images.
How long does the ECHO take?
Transthoracic echocardiography usually takes 30 to 60 minutes to perform. The technician or radiologist has to take the images of the heart from different angles to evaluate it properly.
How can I know if my ECHO is normal?
The echocardiogram is normal when the heart and valves function correctly. It indicates that the heart is free from clots and tumors. Moreover, it also indicates that you do not have a risk of any disease. It also indicates that heart valves are functioning normally.
How are ECHO results read?
The test can effectively indicate if the heart enlarges or its walls thicken. An echocardiogram’s image provides detailed information about the heart’s health, function, and strength. When the walls exceed 1.5cm thickness, then it is abnormal and can indicate hypertension or weakened and damaged valves.
Is anxiety a factor in echocardiogram interpretation?
Anxiety and worrying can lead to changes in electrocardiography in a healthy individual with a normal heart. Premature ventricular contractions are an indication of sympathetic overactivity that is caused by anxiety.
What if my echocardiogram is abnormal?
If your echocardiogram is abnormal, then the doctor or physician, after evaluating the result, determines whether you need more tests or the kind of treatment that would be effective for your health condition.