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An echocardiogram, known as an 'ECHO' is an ultrasound scan which allows consultants to look at the structures within the heart to see how well your heart is functioning. This scan can be done at our clinics in Liverpool, Manchester and Newton-Le-Willows under our Consultant Cardiologist.
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart. It is sometimes just called an 'ECHO'. Ultrasound is a very high frequency sound that you cannot hear, but it can be emitted and detected by special machines. The scan can give accurate pictures of the heart muscle, the heart chambers, and structures within the heart such as the valves.
An echocardiogram can give information about the size, shape and structure of the heart and the valves, as well as the location and extent of any tissue damage. It helps identify certain types of heart disease.
They are also useful in assessing heart function, particularly in the case of:
A gel is applied to a small transducer probe (echo recorder) which is moved around your left chest wall area. A pulse of high-frequency sound is then passed through the skin and this sound is reflected from parts of the heart to create an image of the heart on the screen. The operator moves the probe around over the skin surface to get views from different angles. Sometimes pressure has to be applied to get good images.
Please allow 30-60 minutes for your visit. The test is painless and you do not need any special preparation before the test. You eat and drink normally before and after the test. Continue to take your usual medication.