Alternate Names for Echocardiogram:
Ultrasound of the heart
Your doctor may do the following:
- Physical exam
- Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG) -a test that records the heart's activity by measuring electrical currents through the heart muscle
A gel is put on your chest. This gel helps the sound waves travel. The technician presses a small, hand-held device (called a transducer) against your skin. The transducer sends sound waves toward your heart. The sound waves are then reflected back to the device. The waves are converted into electrical impulses. These impulses become an image on the screen.
The technician can capture a still image, or videotape moving images. To get clearer and more complete images, the technician may move the transducer to different areas of your chest. You may be asked to change positions and slowly inhale, exhale, or hold your breath.After Test
The gel is wiped from your chest.How Long Will It Take?
30-60 minutesWill It Hurt?
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