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What is an echocardiogram?

An Echocardiogram (also echo) is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to create detailed ultrasound images of the heart. The Echocardiogram reveals how efficiently the heart is pumping and can help identify any potential problems with structure. The procedure is completely painless.

When do you need an echocardiogram?

An Echocardiogram may be prescribed for those people who are diagnosed with heart failure, or who have recently suffered a heart attack. The scan can accurately depict how deeply the heart muscle might have been impacted.

The scan can also be used to assess heart valve problems or congenital heart issues.

How is the echocardiogram test conducted?

Typically, the patient strips to the waist and will lie on a couch or bed in preparation for the Echo. A cool gel is applied to facilitate the scanning process, and the technician (sonographer) will move the probe over your chest. The probe emits high frequency pulses which penetrate the skin and onto the heart. Images of the heart are displayed as the chest is probed.

 

Types of echocardiograms

Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE) – This is the most commonly used type of Echocardiogram. The probe is moved around the chest to attain multiple views of the heart.

Stress Echocardiogram – This combines a standard Transthoracic Echocardiogram with an exercise test. The purpose of a Stress Echocardiogram is to analyse the hearts response and ability to function when it is pumping harder, like when you exercise.

A Stress Echocardiogram can help to assess if symptoms might be caused by an underlying heart disease and if surgical intervention might improve the heart function. A Stress Echocardiogram can also help identify potential problems with the heart valve. The Stress Echocardiogram is conducted via a treadmill.

Bubble Echocardiogram – With this type of Echo saline is injected into the bloodstream via an injection given in the arm. The saline comprises of tiny bubbles that appear on the scan results, so can be used to indicate a hole in the heart. The test is painless, aside from the injection.

Electrocardiogram (ECG) – This test is used to check on the heart’s electrical activity.

Sensor pads (electrodes) are attached to the skin around your arms, chest and legs to detect electric signals and heart rhythm. These electrodes are connected to the ECG machine by wires. An ECG is used to look further into symptoms that could indicate heart problems. These include shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain and palpitations.

While the electrodes can be sticky and the skin may be required to be shaved the test is pain-free and only lasts a few minutes. There are several different types of ECG, and the type used by your consultant will depend on the symptom and heart problem suspected. The 3 different types are:

Resting ECG – This is conducted while the patient is stationary and lying down.

Stress ECG – Carried out while the patient is on an exercise bike or treadmill. This type of ECG is prescribed when the patient reports symptoms that become noticeable during physical activity.

Ambulatory ECG (Holter monitor) – With this type of ECG the electrodes are connected to a small device attached to your waistline. The benefit with the Ambulatory ECG is that the heart can be monitored for a day or longer even when the patient is at home. It is often prescribed when symptoms are unpredictable in nature and occur randomly.

24 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring – This is the process of monitoring your blood pressure continuously over a 24-hour period. Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is a way of measuring and managing high blood pressure (hypertension). The test is highly useful as it can provide information about how changes in your blood pressure may be influenced by daily activities and sleep patterns.

There are a wide range of cases where twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring can be useful. These can include:

  • Monitoring pregnant women with hypertension.
  • People who have blood pressure effects from medication.
  • People with borderline hypertension.
  • Fainting episodes or low BP.

During the process the patient wears a cuff on the arm that is connected to the monitoring device placed around the waist.

The process is pain-free however it is advised that the patient wears loose and wide sleeves so the cuff is able to inflate without restriction. The patient is also unable to bathe while wearing the monitor. There may be a slight tingling sensation while the cuff inflates which only lasts a few seconds.

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Echocardiogram Patients FAQs

Welcome to our FAQ section about echocardiograms! We understand that as a patient, you may have questions and concerns about this important medical procedure. That's why we have carefully selected a range of common questions that patients like you may be interested in, and provided detailed answers below. This section aims to help you find the information you need to feel confident and informed about echocardiograms. Whether you're curious about the procedure itself, what to expect during the test, or the results and their implications, we've got you covered. So, sit back, relax, and explore our FAQ section to find the answers you're looking for about echocardiograms.

UME Health Patients Reviews

At our clinic, we strive to provide the best possible care to our patients. We are dedicated to ensuring that each patient has a positive treatment experience and receives the best possible care from industry consultants. Our goal is to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment where our patients feel cared for and supported throughout their treatment journey. We value our patient's feedback and are committed to continuously improving our services to meet their needs.

Stephie Roberts
Stephie Roberts
30/05/2024
I ran late and missed my appointment but the receptionist and nurse worked hard to ge me seen and the whole procedure was swift, professional and courteous.
Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson
29/05/2024
I am very pleased to have found UME Health as after two agonizing weeks, I believe they have managed to relieve the pain to a certain extent. I am positive it will improve and await the next visit.
Sue Salter
Sue Salter
28/05/2024
I was quite nervous of this health check but the whole team were kind professional and I left reassured and positive about my health
Ilhan Nebioglu
Ilhan Nebioglu
27/05/2024
Was very happy at the Reception, especially with the care of Christine and very impressed by the Professor in the Stress cardio room, Professor Dr. Mrs Lee
Lisa Oosthuizen
Lisa Oosthuizen
24/05/2024
Excellent,staff are friendly .Lisa & Vicky in radiology were very compassionate and caring.I'm grateful
Jono Mellows
Jono Mellows
21/05/2024
Very efficient team on hand on my visit. Great job Jordan & Iris.
Larry Mc Grane
Larry Mc Grane
21/05/2024
Great staff and amazing service overall.
Jinx Paul
Jinx Paul
18/05/2024
Very convenient and reasonably quick simple process. The receptionists were extremely helpful and informative. Everyone I met was very respectful and the person performing the MRI scan was excellent at explaining everything and made sure I was comfortable.

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