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Echocardiogram

Definition
Similar to the monograms used during pregnancy, an echocardiogram uses a probe gently moved across the chest. This probe emits sound waves which are convened into moving images of the heart. These images are displayed on a screen and can be recorded on videotape. This test allows our doctor's to learn how the heart functions at rest. It provides valuable information about the structure, size, and how well your heart is pumping.

Before The Test
You should allow one hour which includes preparation
and the imaging portion.
Wear comfortable attire as you will be laying on an exam
table, while the sonographer obtains your images.
There are no dietary restrictions for this test.
Bring your medication in their original containers with you
to the test, so we may obtain an accurate list.

During The Test
You will be asked to lie on an examination table. To
improve the quality of the pictures, a colorless gel is
applied to the area of the chest where the transducer will
be placed.
We will apply electrodes (small sticky patches) to your
chest, so we can record the electrical activity of your
heart. This is called an EKG.
The sonographer moves the transducer to various places
over the left side of your chest. Pictures of your heart at
rest are recorded on videotape.

Immediately After The Test
A written report will be sent to your referring physician.
Information gained from this test helps your doctor make
an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that is
best for you.

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