Echocardiograms (echo) are among the best tools for diagnosing heart disease. at An echo may be recommended in patients over 40 at risk for coronary artery disease because of smoking, high blood pressure or other risk factors.
- What is Echocardiography?
- What information does Echocardiography provide?
- What is the process for scheduling a Echocardiography?
What is Echocardiography?
An echocardiogram or “echo” uses ultrasound to examine the heart, providing single and two-dimensional measurement of the heart chambers. Echocardiograms display a cross-sectional “slice” of the beating heart and demonstrates the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels.
What information does Echocardiography provide?
Echocardiography provides information to your physician about the size of the heart chambers, pumping function, valve function, volume status and more. Echocardiography can also help diagnose fluid in the pericardium as well as helping to evaluate the heart’s function and diagnose diseases of the heart.
What is the process for scheduling a Echocardiography?
When you make your appointment the receptionist will talk to you about what to expect and how to prepare for the procedure.
A Cardiologist will read and interpret the results of your stress test and an interpretation of the test will be sent to the ordering physician as soon as it is interpreted by the Cardiologist.
Remember to always take heart symptoms seriously and go to the nearest Emergency Room if you are experiencing chest pain.
Echocardiographs ordered by your physician are available at Page Hospital. A pre-authorization may be needed so be sure to check with your insurance. For more information call us at (928) 645-0157.