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.