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Overview

Echocardiography (ECHO), also known as the cardiac echo, is sonography of the heart. It helps the cardiologist evaluate the functioning of the heart.

What is Echocardiography (ECHO)?

Echocardiography (ECHO) uses ultrasound waves to produce images of the heart. Echocardiography (ECHO) is performed to detect blood clots in the heart, fluids in the heart sac and identify problems in the aorta. There are many types of Echocardiography (ECHO) which are performed depending on the condition that’s being diagnosed.

How is Echocardiography (ECHO) Performed?

Echocardiography (ECHO) is a non-invasive procedure. The process involves

  • The patient lies on the examination table.
  • A transducer is placed over the heart to conduct Echocardiography (ECHO).
  • The transducer sends ultrasound waves towards the heart, which bounce back and create images of the heart on the monitor.
  • The patient has to hold the breath for a few seconds during the test.

Echocardiography (ECHO) is a painless procedure, which takes about an hour. The patient can go home immediately after the procedure.

Side-effects of Echocardiography (ECHO)

Echocardiography (ECHO) is a safe procedure that does not have any side-effects.

  • Echocardiography (ECHO) does not use X-rays, so there is no risk of radiation.
  • Patients may suffer from anxiety before the test.

Preparation before Performing Echocardiography (ECHO)

Echocardiography (ECHO) is a simple procedure, which does not require any prior preparation.

  • Discuss the medical history and existing medication with the doctor.
  • Pre-schedule Echocardiography (ECHO) test.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Stay away from consuming caffeinated drinks for 6 to 10 hours before the ECHO test.

Post-care after Echocardiography (ECHO)

Echocardiography (ECHO) is a quick procedure.

  • There is no specific post-care required after Echocardiography (ECHO).
  • Patients can go home and resume their normal routine after the test.

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