What Is An Echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram (2D Echo) is a safe, noninvasive study that uses ultrasound (sound waves) to evaluate the structures, function, and blood flow to the heart. This test is ordinarily done to look for evidence of previous heart muscle damage and to find out if there are areas of the heart muscle which have impaired blood supply. A 2D Echo is commonly ordered by a cardiologist when their patient experiences swelling in the legs, unexplained chest pain, and shortness of breath.
What Can A Echocardiogram Detect?
An echocardiogram is a specialized ultrasound study that can evaluate key functions of the heart and it's blood vessels. An echocardiogram can show signs of cardiovascular problems like heart disease, leaky valves, blockages, and other defects. An echocardiogram is typically ordered by a cardiologist to cross off any of these issues.
How Do I Prepare For An Echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram helps uncover and visualize your overall heart health for your referring physician. The echocardiogram is a painless and noninvasive procedure that helps get you the answers you need. There are no special forms of preparation required for an echocardiogram. If you have any questions about preparation, reach out to your referring physician or our team at SJRA here.