Echo testing, or an echocardiogram, uses high frequency sound waves to create a full picture of an individual’s heart. In some cases this is also referred to as a diagnostic cardiac ultrasound. This is used to ensure the proper functioning of the heart and to help to diagnose any problems that may exist.
The test helps our physicians to learn more about how a patient’s hear moves, its pumping strength, the size, shape, and thickness of its walls, how wide or narrow the valves are, if there are any blood leakages, and more. The screening also helps our team to screen for infectious growths and tumors that may endanger health.
Echo tests are not harmful, and have no side effects. There are no preparatory steps needed from the patient to prepare for an echo test. A full echo test takes approximately one hour from start to finish.