Echo is the short form name for echocardiogram. Echo is an ultrasound test of the heart conducted in a non-invasive manner. Echo enables your doctor to obtain important structural and functional information of your heart.
What happens during the Echo procedure?
You will be asked to lie on the bed and turn to your left side. The sonographer will apply ultrasound gel and place ultrasound probe on your chest. This enables accurate images of your heart to be taken. At the same time, electrocardiogram dots will be placed on your chest to record your heartbeat.
Preparing for the Echo
You do not need to specifically prepare for an echo.
What are the risks associated with the Echo procedure?
The procedure is non-invasive and generally safe. Ultrasound imaging is regular used to examine pregnant women. There may be minor discomfort when the probe is placed on your skin but there is no major risk or harm by undertaking an echo.
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