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Echocardiograms: July 26

General Sonography:   July 13, July 27

Echocardiograms FAQ

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is a medical test that uses sound waves to create images of the heart. It’s used to assess heart structure and function.

How is a transthoracic echocardiogram performed?

A transthoracic echocardiogram involves applying a transducer on the chest. The transducer sends and receives sound waves, which are used to create images of the heart.

Is an echocardiogram painful?

No, echocardiograms are generally painless. Some discomfort might occur due to the pressure of the transducer on the chest.

What can an echocardiogram detect?

It can detect a variety of heart conditions including valve problems, heart muscle issues, congenital heart defects, and more.

Do I need to prepare for an echocardiogram?

Typically, no special preparation is needed. However, follow any instructions given by your healthcare provider.

Can I eat or drink before the test?

For a transthoracic echocardiogram, there are usually no eating or drinking restrictions. However, for a transesophageal echocardiogram, you may need to fast for several hours beforehand.

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