Echocardiogram

We know that routine healthcare isn’t always convenient.

An echocardiogram, also called an echo, is a type of ultrasound test. During the test, high pitched waves echo off different parts of the heart. These echoes are turned into moving images of each section of the heart, which are viewed on a video screen. Echocardiograms are one of the most non-invasive ways to assess the overall function of your heart. They effectively can help diagnose physical problems with the heart, such as valve dysfunction, abnormal chamber size or even congenital heart disease.

Each test is performed in our state-of-the-art Imaging Center, which offers the best care and equipment for patients. Our cardiac team is skilled at performing a variety of echocardiogram tests including:

Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) – Obtains views of the heart by moving a device over the outside of the chest
Stress echocardiogram – Performed before and after your heart is stressed and monitors blood flow to your heart
Doppler echocardiogram – Analyzes how blood flows through heart chambers, valves and vessels
Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) – Utilizes a probe that is passed down the esophagus, instead of over the outside of the chest, to show clearer pictures of our heart

Please contact us to learn more about our cardiac team and services.

FAQs

How do I prepare for an echocardiogram?

• Avoid consuming stimulants such as caffeine, coffee or tea before your test.
• Refrain from smoking or any strenuous exercise on the day of the test.
• Your doctor may ask you to refrain from eating a few hours prior to your test.
• Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.

When will results be available?
Results take a few days to read and analyze and will be discussed at your follow-up appointment.

why get an echocardiogram at elfp?

Skilled team

Our cardiac team is skilled at performing a variety of echocardiogram tests.

Imaging center

Each test is performed in our state-of-the-art Imaging Center.

Fast results

Results take a few days to read and review. Your doctor will schedule a follow-up to discuss your results.

 

 

Quick & easy

Our services are always quick, easy and painless. Just make sure that you follow our ‘How do I prepare’ guidelines, for a more smoother and faster visit.