Did you know that doctors can develop a visual image of your heart using sound waves? That’s a very basic understanding of ultrasound technology. An Echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound technology that enables a cardiologist to see inside a patient’s heart without ever having to pierce the skin.
During an echocardiogram, the technician performing the test uses an ultrasound wand to detect the heart’s ability to effectively pump blood. Unlike the EKG, or electrocardiogram, which primarily provides data about the heart’s rhythm, the echocardiogram provides live footage of the structure of the heart which helps doctors determine more information about the patient’s heart health and any current or future concerns.
This test is generally performed by a technician who will be unable to read your results. Once the test results are sent to your cardiologist he or she will be able to share the detailed results as well as a treatment plan. Since this test is outpatient and completely non-invasive, most patients can return to their normal lives. Your cardiologist will advise you on this issue.
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