An echocardiogram is a noninvasive procedure used to assess the heart’s function and structures.
An echocardiogram may be performed for further evaluation of signs and symptoms that may suggest atherosclerosis, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure, aneurysm, valvular heart disease, cardiac tumor, pericarditis, pericardial effusion, atrial or septal wall defects, or shunts. An echocardiogram may also be simply performed to assess the heart’s overall function and structure. There may be other reasons for your doctor to recommend an echocardiogram.
Generally an echocardiogram follows this process:
The appointment will take 45 to 60 minutes.
When the test is complete, a cardiologist will review your results and enter them into your electronic medical record. Your primary physician will then be notified of the results. The testing staff will be unable to provide you with your results.
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