1. What is echocardiography?
Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart that helps your doctor to monitor how your heart and its valves are functioning. The test produces live images of heart by using sound waves.
2. Why do I need an echocardiography?
Echocardiography is needed for diagnosis, management and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases like myocardial infarction, cardiac failure, cardiomyopathies, valve abnormalities and congenital heart defects.
3. Does a doctor perform echocardiography?
An echocardiography is performed by a trained sonographer, however a doctor like cardiologist interprets the results of the test.
4. What conditions can be diagnosed using echocardiography?
Echocardiography can be used to diagnose the following conditions
- Myocardial infarction
- Cardiac failure
- Congenital heart defects
- Valvular heart disease
5. How do I prepare for echocardiography?
If you are having transesphageal echocardiography, then you are instructed to avoid eating several hours before the test. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, particularly if there is a stress echocardiogram. There are no special preparations for a transthoracic echocardiography that is done on the skin of the chest.