Having an Echocardiogram at CMH
Echocardiography is a special type of Ultrasound to image the heart. It has become routinely used in the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases. Echocardiography uses standard two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart. The sonographer collects images of your heart by moving the transducer around on your chest, stomach, and neck. During a recording, you may be asked to change your position and to hold your breath. This allows the sonographer to get the best pictures. Sometimes, the sonographer may push the transducer more firmly against your skin. Please let him or her know if this becomes uncomfortable. This exam will be reviewed by the cardiologist and a report will be forwarded to your family physician.
There are no complications related to this test. There is no special preparation. You can eat and drink normally.