What is echocardiography?
Consultant cardiologist Navtej S. Chahal explains what echocardiography is
Echocardiography, or cardiac ultrasound, takes images of the heart muscle and the valves using ultrasound similar to scans that are done to pregnant women to look at the baby.
There’s no radiation exposure, and the scan is done usually with you lying on your left-hand side and takes between 15 and 20 minutes.
It provides a comprehensive assessment of your heart, particularly looking at the muscle of the heart, its function, the valves, and also the pressures inside the heart.
It frequently can provide reassurance in patients who have chest pain, breathlessness, or palpitations.