A Simple Guide to


Ever wondered how doctors see inside your heart?

This guide will walk you through echocardiography in simple terms, so you’ll know exactly what to expect during your appointment.

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What's a Echocardiography?

Echocardiography, sometimes referred to as Cardiac Echo, or an Echo, is an ultrasound of the heart.

With the use of sound waves, echocardiography creates real-time images of the heart, allowing doctors to diagnose and monitor various cardiovascular conditions.

Before the Test

When you have an echocardiography appointment, the healthcare team will guide you.

You might need to lie down on a comfy bed, and they’ll place small stickers (electrodes) on your chest to listen to your heart’s sounds.

They’ll make sure you’re comfy before they begin.

During the Test

A technologist will move a small device, called a transducer, around your chest.

After the Test

Once the echocardiography is done, you can get up and continue your normal activities.

There’s no need for any special recovery time.

The images will be looked at by a doctor to understand your heart’s health.

Results and What's Next

The doctor will review the echocardiography images and share the findings with you.

They’ll explain what they see and discuss any further steps or treatments if needed.

In Summary

Echocardiography helps doctors peek inside your heart without any surgery.


Disclaimer: Please note, if you have any questions or reservations about an upcoming radiology scan, it is always recommended to consult with your healthcare provider, who can address your concerns directly. This is general information, not tailored to a specific individual. Please read our Terms and Conditions.