What is a Heart Ultrasound?
A heart ultrasound, also known as an echocardiogram, is a test that uses sound waves to create pictures of the heart. The picture and information it produces is more detailed than a standard x-ray image. An echocardiogram does not expose you to radiation.
Who should get this test?
This test is done to evaluate the size, shape and position of the heart, the thickness of the walls of the heart and the function the heart valves and blood vessels of the heart. The echocardiogram can help detect:
- Heart murmurs, abnormal heart valves, and abnormal heart rhythms
- Congenital heart disease
- Damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack
- Inflammation or fluid in the sac around the heart
- Infection on or around the heart valves
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Ability of the heart to pump (for people with heart failure)
- Source of a blood clot after a stroke or TIA
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.