The procedure will usually take between 20-30 minutes.
During the procedure a gel is applied to the chest and the ultrasound probe (transducer) glides over the gel, creating images of the internal structures of the heart.
A number of factors are evaluated such as:
- Size of the heart
- Pumping strength of the heart
- Ability of heart to send blood throughout the body
- Heart muscle condition
- Heart valves
- Blood vessels
Following the Procedure
- If your echocardiogram is normal, no further testing may be needed.
- If the results require further investigation, you may be referred back to your cardiologist for further tests.