An echocardiogram is a non-invasive, very safe and painless procedure used to assess the heart’s function and structures. During the procedure, a transducer (like a microphone) sends out high-frequency sound waves. When the transducer is placed on the chest at certain locations and angles, the sound waves move through the skin and other body tissues to the heart tissues, where the waves bounce or “echo” off of the heart structures. These sound waves are sent to a computer that can create moving images of the heart walls and valves. Measurements taken from these pictures are helpful in determining how well your heart is working.
The echocardiogram is performed and recorded by a qualified Cardiac Sonographer. Your cardiologist will read the results.
• Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and ask if you have any questions.
• Generally, you don’t need to do any preparation such as fasting or having sedation.
• Tell your consultant of all prescription and over-the-counter medicines and herbal supplements that you are taking.
• Tell your consultant if you have a pacemaker.
• Based on your medical condition, your consultant may request other specific preparation.
It may take up to an hour for the examination. Afterwards, you should be able to carry on with your normal activities without having to wait.
We are conveniently located in Coffs Harbour on the Pacific Highway in the Specialist Medical Centre (take the exit for ‘Base Hospital’ at traffic lights). There is plenty of parking and we are on Level 2 in Suite 208.
Please take a ticket at the boom gate and bring to your appointment for validation for free parking.