What is Echo/Echocardiography?
Echocardiography, also known as echo cardiography, echocardiogram, cardiac echo or simply an echo, is a non-invasive medical imaging technique that uses sound waves to produce detailed images of the heart. It is a type of ultrasound imaging that allows doctors to visualize the heart’s structure and function in real time.
During an echocardiogram, a small transducer is placed on the chest or abdomen, which emits high-frequency sound waves that bounce off the heart’s structures and create images of the heart’s chambers, valves, and blood flow patterns. There are several types of echocardiograms, including transthoracic echocardiograms (TTE), transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE), and stress echocardiograms. Each type of echocardiogram is used for different diagnostic purposes and may be performed under different conditions.
Echocardiography is a safe and non-invasive way to diagnose a range of heart conditions, including structural abnormalities, valve disorders, heart failure, and congenital heart disease. It can also be used to monitor heart function and guide treatment decisions for patients with heart conditions.
Specific instructions that a patient needs to follow:
The specific instructions that a patient needs to follow before undergoing an echocardiogram can vary depending on the type of echocardiogram being performed and the specific medical facility conducting the exam. However, some general instructions that a patient may be advised to follow include:
- Clothing: Wear loose and comfortable clothing that can be easily removed or adjusted for the exam. Depending on the type of echocardiogram, you may be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up.
- Fasting: Depending on the type of echocardiogram, you may be asked to avoid eating or drinking anything for several hours before the exam. Your doctor will advise you on any specific fasting requirements.
- Medications: You may be advised to continue taking your regular medications as prescribed by your doctor, unless otherwise instructed.
- Activity level: Depending on the type of echocardiogram, you may be asked to avoid strenuous exercise or other physical activities before the exam.
- Other instructions: may give you additional instructions to follow before the exam, depending on your specific medical history and the type of echocardiogram being performed.
Note: Our team will get in touch with you after booking, and guide you to follow the specific instructions