An echocardiogram is a non-invasive test (ultrasound) that gives important information about the structures and function of the heart muscle and valves. The image patterns produced by the echocardiogram can help physicians find the cause of problems such as palpitations, chest pain, heart murmurs, or difficulty breathing. Abnormal image patterns may indicate injury, disease, or other problems.
During the test, you will lie down so that you will be relaxed and comfortable. Different parts of the heart are viewed by applying a transducer (small probe) to the chest. Images are saved on videotape, and a cardiologist will analyze the results.
Results will then be reported to your physician. Your physician will explain the results and what they mean to you.
Preparing for Your Echocardiogram
Unless otherwise advised by your physician, continue taking your medications as usual. If you have been instructed not to take your medications, tell the technician before the test.
- If you have a prosthetic valve, please bring the card containing your valve information.
- The test will take approximately one hour.
- Please register 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
- Please bring the physician order to your appointment.
Scheduling an Appointment
Echocardiograms are performed by appointment only You can schedule an appointment by calling Lake Health's Centralized Scheduling Department at 440-354-1258 or 440-953-6258.
If you are unable to keep the appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule.