Accurate Heart Disease Diagnosis And Management With An Echocardiogram in Melbourne
Quality Heart Care: State-of-the-Art Echocardiogram Services in Melbourne
Our team of experienced cardiologists and technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to perform your echocardiogram at Melbourne Heart Care. Our comprehensive echocardiography and other services help diagnose and monitor many different heart conditions.
What is echocardiography?
A standard transthoracic echocardiogram is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves (ultrasound waves) passed through the chest to produce images of the heart. It is a painless and safe ultrasound test that provides valuable information about the heart’s size, shape, and function. A cardiologist uses this information to provide an accurate diagnosis of the condition of your heart.
This test is different to a stress echocardiogram, which uses a combination of cardiac ultrasound, patient monitoring and exercise on a treadmill to help form a diagnosis.
How does it work?
During an echocardiogram, a technician places a small device called a transducer (ultrasound probe) on your chest. You will be lying on your side on an examination table, but may need to change position during the test. The ultrasound probe sends sound waves into the chest, which bounce off the tissues (blood and muscle) of your heart. These tissues have different densities that produce images that can be seen on a computer screen.
What does an echo detect?
An echo machine with an ultrasound probe is used to accurately produce images of the structures and functioning of your heart. The high-frequency sound waves used during an echocardiogram show an image of:
- The size and shape of each heart chamber. The heart has four different chambers in which the echo can show any structural or functional abnormalities.
- The quality, function, movement and thickness of your heart valves.
- How effectively your heart is pumping.
- Any abnormalities in the blood flowing through your chambers and blood vessels.
- The overall size and shape of your heart.
- Any fluid that may be in your chest (where it doesn’t belong).
The evaluation of the structures, chambers and function of your heart helps your cardiologist to identify any cardiac conditions and assess the health of your heart.
Why do I need an echocardiogram?
Your doctor may recommend echocardiography if you are experiencing any symptoms of a heart condition, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or swelling in the legs. It is also a valuable tool to help monitor diagnosed conditions or to evaluate the health of your heart prior to surgery.
Echocardiography is used to diagnose and monitor a range of heart conditions, including:
- Valve abnormalities
- Congenital heart defects
- Fluid buildup around the heart
- Irregular heartbeats
- Heart Failure
- Damage to the heart muscle post heart attacks
How is an echocardiogram procedure performed?
An echocardiography test takes about 45 minutes to complete and is a painless non-invasive procedure.
What to bring to your echocardiography appointment:
Please bring a list of all medications you are currently taking, as well as any relevant medical records or test results, your medicare card, healthcare card and your referral letter.
How to prepare for your echo:
There is no special preparation required for echocardiography. You can eat and drink as usual before the test. You will be asked to change into a patient gown once in the procedure room, usually with ties to the front to allow easier access to your chest to perform the echo.
What to expect during the procedure:
During the procedure, you will lie on an examination table with the lights dimmed so the technician can see the monitor clearly. A technician will attach electrodes (sticky dots that attach to wires) to record an ECG during the echo. A clear gel is applied to your chest and the ultrasound probe is placed on the gel. You may be asked to change positions, breathe slowly or hold your breath to get better images of the heart.
A cardiologist will review the echocardiography images and provide a report to your doctor. Your doctor will discuss the results with you and recommend any necessary treatment or follow-up care.
Why have an echocardiogram at Melbourne Heart Care?
At Melbourne Heart Care, we have a team of experienced cardiologists and technicians who use state-of-the-art equipment to perform echocardiograms. We offer comprehensive and personalised care to help diagnose and monitor heart conditions. We are committed to providing you with the information and high-quality care you need to improve your heart health or effectively manage cardiac disease.
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- Postal Address: Suite 16, 3 Male Street, Brighton 3186
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