At Auburn Cardiology centre, we have 30 years of experience in cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography) to assess in detail the structure and function of your heart chambers and valves. This information allows us to identify any abnormalities and recommend the best course of treatment.
What is echocardiography and how is it done?
Echocardiography is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to create detailed images of the heart. The test is done by placing a small probe on the chest, which emits sound waves that bounce off the heart and create images on a screen. An ultrasound gel is applied onto your chest and later cleaned, which does not leave any residue.
What can an echocardiography diagnose?
An echocardiography can diagnose a range of heart conditions, including structural abnormalities, valve problems, and fluid buildup around the heart. It can also assess the overall function of the heart and diagnose conditions like heart failure and cardiomyopathy.
Is echocardiography safe?
Echocardiography is completely safe. It’s a non-invasive test that doesn’t involve any needles or incisions, and is painless.
How do I prepare for an echocardiography?
Generally there is no special preparation required. Depending on the type of echocardiography being performed, our office will inform you if you need to prepare anything special. We recommend wearing loose clothing.
How long does an echocardiography take?
An echocardiography typically takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Will I experience any discomfort during the procedure?
No. Echocardiography is a painless test and most patients do not experience any discomfort during the procedure.
When will I get the results of my echocardiography?
The results of an echocardiography are typically available on the day of the procedure.
What if my echocardiography shows an abnormality?
If an echocardiography shows an abnormality, the cardiologist will discuss the findings with the patient and recommend further testing or treatment as necessary.
Do I need a referral from my primary care physician to schedule an echocardiography?
Yes. A referral from a doctor is required to schedule an echocardiography.