Special Information

What is Echocardiogram?

Echocardiogram is an imaging procedure being used for the assessment of the heart’s structure and functions. Advanced 2D echo devices using the latest technology are able to view the chambers, valves, main veins coming from right and left ventricles by taking cross sectional images. 

Echocardiogram procedure can be carried out at home just as in hospitals. Echocardiogram procedure does not require a special preparation. The patients are asked to lay on bed and relax. A little amount of gel is applied in the chest area in order to obtain clearer images. During the procedure, you may be asked by the physician to breathe slowly or to hold your breath. This helps us to obtain high quality images. The images are displayed on the monitor in real time. They are also printed out and videotaped. Those records provide a permanent data and are interpreted by the physician in the completion of the final report.

Echocardiogram is a priceless procedure that provides the physicians with information with regard to the following matters:

  • Size of chambers and thickness of the walls of heart. Appearance of the walls of heart provide information about the definitive diagnosis of some important diseases of the heart muscle in particular. The test evaluates the left ventricle wall structure in case of patients who have been suffering from hypertension for a long time. Echocardiogram measures the severity and phase of heart failure and cardiac dilatation. The respond to the treatment is measured by means of repeating echocardiogram tests.
  • Pumping function of the heart. We can tell whether the pumping function of heart is normal or slightly or severely weakened by means of echocardiogram procedure. This measurement is known as ejection fraction (EF). Normal EF levels are between 55% and 65%. Below 45% means there is a slight weakening in the pumping function of heart while the levels of 30-35% means the weakening is severe.

How safe is In-Home Cardiogram Procedure?

In-home echocardiogram procedure is very safe. It is a procedure that is as easy and safe as the clinical use of ultrasound.

How long does it last?

It is carried out in 15-20 minutes if there are no complications. Using Doppler may add extra 10-20 minutes to that period. However, if the patient has problems (For example: Imaging can be troublesome in case of pulmonary diseases, obesity, discomfort and dyspnea.) the procedure may take about half an hour.

When Do You Get the Results?

Your physician will share the results with you at the end of test. The report will be sent to the patient by e-mail within 12 hours. Sometimes, your physician may discuss your status before sending you the results and contact you if there are important and unexpected findings. Your treatment plan is determined in accordance with your echocardiogram results.

Do not hesitate to ask questions to your physician if you are confused or concerned. Your physician will surely provide you with the explanatory information.

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