Echocardiogram (Echo)

An Echocardiogram is a procedure that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to produce images of the heart, which are used to evaluate how well the heart is working.

The images created help your Cardiologist to diagnose more accurately any issues with the valves or chambers of your heart, as well as detect congenital heart defects in unborn babies.

The Procedure

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.