Purpose of the Test
This test uses high frequency sound waves to determine the size, motion and function of many structures of the heart.
- Take prescribed medicines unless told not to by your doctor.
- Wear normal street clothes.
- Once in the test room, you will lie down on a table or bed. We will place three electrodes on your chest to monitor your heart during the test.
- We will place a probe on your chest. Sound waves will bounce off the structures of your heart and create a picture on a video screen. You will feel nothing during the test except slight pressure when the probe is placed firmly against the skin.
- We will take several pictures of your heart. When done we give the information to the doctor for review.
- The test time varies, but it often takes 20 to 40 minutes.
*If your echo includes a bubble study, with or without a transcranial doppler (TCD) exam, we will need to place an IV for the saline injections. Test time will be 60 to 90 minutes.
If you have any questions, please call:
CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at 320-656-7020 or 800-448-3455