What does an Echocardiogram show?
An echocardiogram is a device which, through ultrasound waves generated by a probe, allow us to visualise the heart structure, by taking pictures of its different components which are muscle, valves and chambers.
When should I have an Echocardiogram?
When you experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Loss of consciousness
"This test is the right initial answer to shed light on your heart concerns"- Dr. Lo Monaco Read more about me +
Sometimes we need a stress echocardiogram, to exclude blocked arteries potentially leading to a heart attack, or transesophageal echocardiogram to assess better the functionality of the valves or if there are clots inside the heart.
The echocardiogram usually takes around 20 to 30 minutes.
Arranging your echocardiogram
Usually, Dr Lo Monaco performs Echocardiograms in London at the Harley Street International Polyclinic, 104 Harley St, Marylebone, London, W1G 7JD, the first multilingual and multispeciality clinic in the UK, he co-founded.