An echo cardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. This type of imaging enables your healthcare provider to examine your heart valves, determine the size of your heart, and assess how well it is functioning. An echocardiogram can estimate how forcefully your heart is pumping blood and can detect areas of the heart wall that have been injured by a previous heart attack or some other cause. You will be asked to wear a gown during this exam and to lie down on an examining table. A clear jelly will be placed on the skin in order for the transducer to slide easily.
Once all of the imaging sequences have been completed, a Board Certified Radiologist will review the images and provide written results to your referring provider, usually within 72 hours. A digital copy of the echocardiogram study can be provided to your health care provider at no cost. Your referring provider will then review the results and a plan for treatment with you.