An echocardiogram, or echo, is a painless test that uses ultrasound to build pictures of your heart that can be used to detect any potential problems. Our team of Physiologists perform echocardiograms in our outpatient cardiology facility.
Prompt identification of issues relating to the heart
Cardiac echo tests are used to find and detect a number of issues relating to your heart, including:
- Damage that might have been caused by a heart attack
- Possible heart failure
- Any defects caused by congenital heart disease
- Issues surrounding the valves of your heart
- Thickened or hardened walls of your heart (known as cardiomyopathy)
The first step is to have an initial consultation with one of our Consultant Cardiologists. With no waiting lists, you can access prompt care at a time that suits you, whether you are paying for yourself or have medical insurance.
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What does an echocardiogram test involve?
One of our specially trained Physiologists will perform the echocardiogram.
You’ll need to remove your clothing from the top half of your body and you will be offered a gown to cover yourself. Several sticky pads called electrodes will be placed on your chest, which are connected to the machine. An ultrasound probe will be covered with lubricating gel and you’ll be asked to lie on your left side while the probe is moved around your chest.
Using sound waves, the probe will build moving images of your heart and your Physiologist will produce a written report of the scan. The whole test takes on average 30 minutes, but this can vary slightly for every individual.
Does the test hurt?
An echocardiogram is a painless safe test, although you might feel some slight discomfort as the sticky pads are removed from your chest. The lubricating gel might also feel a little cold when it is first applied.
Echocardiograms don’t use any radiation, so the test is perfectly safe for everyone, including pregnant women.
When can I get my results?
If you’ve been referred for an echocardiogram by your GP, results will be written up and sent to them the same day, ready for you to review at your next appointment with them.
If you’re referred to one of our Cardiologists, you may be asked to come in for tests a few days prior your consultation. The results will be ready to discuss during your appointment with your Consultant. This will then be used to determine if any further treatment is needed.
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