trading as  Calder Hall Medical Centre

  

Echocardiography

is the use of ultrasound waves to investigate the action of the heart.
Echocardiography uses standard two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and Doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart.

 

To make an appointment, please call our Reception Desk  (868) 660 7873 or  (868) 639 8516

Procedure

An Echocardiogram is not surgery and it is painless. It is performed by a trained sonographer. This procedure lasts about 1/2 hour.
The patient is asked to remove clothes from the upper body and then lie on a bed on his/her left side or back. Several electrodes which are attached to the sonograph will be attached to the patient's chest  and shoulder areas.

The sonographer will apply a jelly to the probe of the sonograph and move it over the chest area of the patient.
This is not an X-Ray machine and no X-Rays will be taken: ultra high frequency waves pick up images of the heart and valves and transmit it to a monitor where the sonographer can observe the images of the heart's movements. A video and/or photos of theimages can then be made for diagnostic purposes.

Who needs an Echocardiogram?

  • there is a heart murmur
  • after a heart attack
  • unexplained chest pains
  • after rheumatic fever
  • congenital heart defect

What the test shows

  • problems with heart valves, such as leakage
  • overall performance of the heart
  • blood clots
  • a wall or part of a heart muscle is weak
  • size of heart chambers
  • pumping function of the heart



Echocardiography at Calder Hall Medical Centre

 


Echocardiogram

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