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If your physician has ordered an echocardiogram or a stress echocardiogram, please call our office to schedule your appointment. If you have any questions regarding a scheduled test, please call our office.
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound test of the heart. It is used to evaluate the size, thickness, pumping function of the heart and fluid around the heart. With the addition of Doppler and color flow imaging it can also help in the evaluation of murmur and valve problems. The test is non-invasive, which means no needles, catheters or dyes are used and it causes no discomfort to the patient.
There is no special preparation needed for this test. The echocardiogram test will take approximately 40 minutes. The results of the exam are interpreted and a final report is available within 48 hours of the exam. Your cardiologist or referring physician will review your results with you at your next scheduled follow-up appointment.
Stress echocardiogram combines a treadmill test with an echocardiogram. This test will help your physician determine if there are areas of your heart which do not receive enough blood supply due to possible coronary artery disease. Ultrasound images are acquired before and immediately after exercising on the treadmill. During the treadmill testing, you will be continuously monitored for blood pressure, heart rate, and heart rhythm changes. Preparations for this test include not eating or drinking anything two hours prior to your appointment time. Wear walking shoes and loose comfortable clothing. This test will take approximately 1 hour and a Cardiologist will be present. The Cardiologist will review the test results with you before you leave.
Peninsula Cardiology's echocardiography labs are accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for the accreditation of echocardiography laboratories nationwide. Accreditation status demonstrates our continual pursuit of quality and exemplary patient care.
If you have any questions regarding a scheduled test, please call our office.