An echocardiogram, often referred to as an "echo," is a medical test that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to create detailed images of the heart’s structure and function. It is a non-invasive and painless procedure that provides valuable information about the heart’s chambers, valves, and blood flow.

During an echocardiogram:

  • A technician places a gel-like substance on your chest to help transmit sound waves.
  • A device called a transducer is moved across your chest. The transducer emits sound waves and also captures the echoes that bounce back from your heart.
  • These echoes are transformed into real-time images of your heart on a monitor.

Echocardiograms are commonly used for diagnosing and monitoring heart conditions, as well as evaluating symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats, or murmurs. They are an essential tool for cardiologists to assess the overall health and performance of the heart.

If you have concerns about your heart health, please request an appointment at one of our partner clinics, Symphony of Health Connections or C-era.

How Do I Prepare for My Exam?

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete the check-in process and any necessary paperwork.

Please be prepared to be at the clinic for 1.5 - 2 hours for this appointment.

Echocardiograms are performed at our partner clinics; please reference their appointment prep instructions before your visit.

Need an Appointment?

Call our Booking Team!

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