Echocardiogram

WHAT IS IT?
This is an ultrasound of the heart that can help diagnose heart disease or heart defects.

I AM COMING IN FOR THIS TEST WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
A patient coming in for this test can expect to lie on an exam table and the ultrasound technologist will apply gel to the chest area and use a transducer to capture the picture of the heart and blood flow of the heart. This test takes 20-30 minutes.

INDICATIONS:
Hypertension
Chest Pain
Palpitations
Shortness of Breath
Abnormal EKG

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THIS TEST?
There is no preparation for this test.