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What is echocardiography?

An echocardiogram is a simple ultrasound assessment of the heart.

It provides a comprehensive assessment of your heart; particularly the muscle of the heart, its function, the valves, and also the pressures inside the heart.

About echocardiography

In this video, Dr Navtej Chahal explains what you need to know about echocardiography.
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Supplementary information about echocardiography

Here, we’ve summarised the most important points about echocardiography

An echocardiogram is a simple ultrasound assessment of the heart.

It looks at how the heart mechanics work, by assessing the heart muscle, the valves and the blood flow across the valves. It can pick up very quickly a lot of the signs of heart disease.

Ultrasound examination of the heart lasts about 20 minutes to half an hour, depending on how easy it is to acquire the images. It’s a very safe test.

The scan is done with you lying on your left-hand side and takes between 15 and 20 minutes.

It provides a comprehensive assessment of your heart; particularly the muscle of the heart, its function, the valves, and also the pressures inside the heart.

Echocardiography works by using ultrasound, which is frequently used to image other parts of the body.

The echocardiography transmits ultrasound impulses from a probe, which we hold lightly against your chest.

The ultrasounds are transmitted into the body and reflected by the heart, and the probe then processes their returning signals. A digital image is displayed on the screen, enabling us to get high-resolution images of the heart in real-time.

It assesses the general health, structure and function of the heart muscle and valves. It uses ultrasound, similar to a pregnancy scan, and involves no radiation.

It’s for patients with abnormal ECG, high blood pressure, breathlessness and palpitations.

An echocardiogram is similar to how we look at babies with an ultrasound, so it’s extremely safe and painless.

Aside from the light pressure applied from the ultrasound probe on your chest, no harm or damage can occur from the procedure or the test as it uses ultrasound, which does not have any radiation exposure associated with it.

We can often give you the results immediately afterwards.

The echocardiography results tell us a huge amount about your heart.

It provides information on:

  • The size, structure, and function of the ventricles, which are the pumping chambers in your heart
  • The four valves of the heart
  • The pressures inside the heart
  • The aorta, which is the main artery that carries blood from the heart around the body
  • The pulmonary artery, which carries blood from the heart to the lungs

Echocardiography is essentially a simple ultrasound examination of the heart. There are no risks to having an echocardiogram, even if you were to have one every month, there’s absolutely no risk.

It’s a straightforward, noninvasive test and doesn’t use any radiation. It tells us a lot of information about the heart, which we can then use to rule out or diagnose aspects of heart disease.

On the other hand, there is a significant risk of not having an echocardiogram because it’s a simple test that tells us so much about the heart.

Echocardiography can pick up things at a very early stage – such as a leaky valve – before patients develop symptoms or signs of heart disease. It’s therefore a very useful tool that can rule out conditions or diagnose at an early stage before it gets to a point where it’s causing a problem and needs intervention.

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It’s the wonderful words of our patients that make this job so worthwhile

Excellent bedside manner / patient care, thoughtful analysis and care. Great cardiologists!

J. T.

Dr Elghamaz was professional and compassionate in equal measure. He made me feel completely at ease and explained in detail exactly my situation answering all questions kindly and in a language I understood – not medical jargon. A complete gentleman under whose care I have every confidence.

R. R.

I called Dr Chahal’s secretary to get advice and an appointment for a stress echocardiogram as quickly as possible. Dr Chahal called me himself, to explain the procedure, and he managed to fit me in quickly, as I requested. On the day, he and his colleague carried out the test quickly, efficiently and kindly, explaining what they were doing and why. I would certainly recommend them as true healthcare professionals.

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Dr Elghamaz was very efficient, thorough and personable and made me feel at ease through through the process of undergoing several tests and then discussing results with myself and my husband to ensure we understood everything and were comfortable.

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To learn more about cardiovascular disease, including the causes and prevention techniques, click here.

The NHS has an informative write-up on cardiovascular diseases, which can be found here.

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If you would like an excellent overview of the symptoms of heart attacks, please click here.

If you would like to learn more about all the types of heart diseases, please click here for more information.

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Dr Navtej Chahal

Consultant Cardiologist

PhD FESC FACC

Navtej is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at the London Northwest NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London having qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2001. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London

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Dr Navin Chandra

Consultant Cardiologist

MD, MRCP, MBBS, BSc

Navin is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’s in 2004...

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Dr Ahmed Elghamaz

Consultant Cardiologist

FRCP, MB BCh

Ahmed is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at Northwick Park Hospital and London North West Healthcare University Hospitals NHS Trust and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He completed his junior…

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Dr Joban Sehmi

Consultant Cardiologist

BSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

Joban is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. His NHS practice is at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust. He sees patients privately at Spire in Bushey and Bishops Wood Hospital in Northwood. He trained in medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ medical school and qualified in 2003 with numerous academic awards…

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