What are the echocardiography risks?

Consultant cardiologist Ahmed Elgahamaz discusses the echocardiography risks

Essentially, when you come to us to have an echocardiogram, it’s a simple ultrasound examination of the heart. There are no risks to having an echocardiogram. If patients want to have it even every month, there’s absolutely no risk.

It’s an ultrasound examination, so it doesn’t carry any radiation to it or anything at all — it’s a simple test.

It’s a noninvasive test and 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.

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The thing about echocardiography is that it can pick up things at a very early stage. An example of that is an early leaky valve or something that is not working properly before patients come to the point where they develop symptoms or signs of heart disease.

So it’s a very useful tool to have to rule out conditions or to diagnose things at an early stage before it gets to a point where it’s causing a problem and needs intervention.

I invite you to book a consultation with Many Beats if you have any concerns about your heart health or if you’re concerned about risks for heart health going forward. We will see you in a timely fashion in a location in London and will provide you with a very streamlined service. You can get a lot of investigations done and a definitive management plan, which is tailored to you as the individual.

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About the cardiologists

The Many Beats team consists of not one, but four highly experienced consultant cardiologists

Dr Navtej Chahal

Consultant Cardiologist


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

Dr Navin Chandra

Consultant Cardiologist


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...

Dr Ahmed Elghamaz

Consultant Cardiologist


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…

Dr Joban Sehmi

Consultant Cardiologist


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…