An Echocardiogram or echo, is a safe and painless procedure that uses ultrasound waves to examine the heart. Echos are used to evaluate simple heart conditions, like murmurs, to more serious cases like valve replacements and congenital heart disease. Our team of experienced cardiologists and echocardiographers deliver the highest quality 2D, 3D, stress echocardiograms and highly specialized in assistant devices, like LVADs, ECMOs, and Impella. We also offer specialized services to pre- and post- transplant patients.
We provide the following ultrasound imaging studies:
- Exercise Stress Echocardiogram
- Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram
Before Your Echocardiogram
- 2D Echocardiograms do not require any preparations.
- For a Stress Echocardiogram, do not eat or drink four hours prior to the exam.
- Do not take your morning medications, but bring them with you.
- If you are having a stress echocardiogram, please wear comfortable clothing and running shoes.
- Please call the Echocardiography Department at 305-585-6000 if you have questions about preparation for your exam.
During Your Echocardiogram
- You will first need to sign in at the registration desk.
- The technologist will introduce themselves and review any additional information that is needed.
- You will be positioned on an examination table and a warm, clear gel will be applied to the area being examined. A transducer is then firmly pressed against the skin and swept back and forth to record the sound waves that are used to obtain the image.
- The Echocardiogram exam usually takes from 30 minutes to one hour to complete.
After Your Echocardiogram
- You may resume normal activity after your 2D Echo or stress echo.
- The results of your echocardiogram will be made available to the prescribing physician.