An echocardiogram is a test performed in the doctor's office or at the hospital during which ultrasound technology is used to examine the heart. No preparation is required for a resting echocardiogram.
- On the day of the test, you will be asked to lie on the examination table while electrodes are attached to your chest in order to record data from each part of the heart using advanced imaging techniques.
- The echocardiogram administrator will take recordings of different parts of the chest, so that multiple views of the heart are available.
- You will be instructed to move from your back to your side and asked to breathe slowly or hold your breath at different points, as this is helpful in obtaining images of a higher quality.
Images taken of the heart can be viewed on a monitor by your healthcare provider. The images are also printed on photographic paper and recorded for your permanent records. Your echocardiogram will be examined and the findings thoroughly reviewed by your physician before results are given and a diagnosis is made.