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Echocardiogram - Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How perfoms an echocardiogram (ECHO)?

A: The availability of results depends on the availability of a cardiologist in the office.

It usually takes few hours to get the report.

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Q: What do they do when you get an echocardiogram?

A: Once the images are interpreted by your cardiologist, he suggests the treatment. Getting an ECHO doesn’t mean you need a treatment. But appropriate treatment will be suggested once the diagnosis is made.

Q: Can I eat on the day of the test?

A: Yes. You can eat and drink before the procedure. In the case of TEE or stress echocardiogram, you will be suggested not to eat or drink for a few hours before the procedure.

Q: Should I take my medications on the day of the test?

A: Yes, you can take all the medications, according to your daily schedule.

Q: How will I feel during the test?

A: You will feel quite comfortable while performing the test. In the case of TEE, you may feel like gagging.

Q: How long does the test take?

A: It usually takes less than one hour.

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