Echocardiograms (echo) are among the best tools for diagnosing heart disease. An echo may be recommended in patients over 40 with a risk for coronary artery disease because of smoking, high blood pressure or other risk factors. Banner Lassen has made Echocardiography available to the community.
- What is Echocardiography?
- What information does Echocardiography provide?
- What is the process for scheduling a Echocardiography?
What is Echocardiography?
An echocardiogram or “echo” is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart, providing single and two-dimensional measurement of the heart chambers. Echocardiograms are capable of displaying 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 for surgical clearance, size of the heart chambers, pumping function, valve function, volume status and more. Echocardiography is also useful in the diagnosis of 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 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 forwarded 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.
Echocardiography's ordered by your physician are available at Banner Lassen Medical Center. A pre-authorization may be needed so be sure to check with your insurance. For more information call us at (530) 252-2000.