This service is performed in our outpatients department by a high skilled cardiac team.
The echo is an ultrasound examination of your heart and is performed to look for any problems with the structure or function of the heart or of any of its components
For this test, three small electrodes will be applied to your skin so that we can monitor your heart rate and rhythm during the procedure. You will be asked to lie on your left side, with your left arm raised and placed either under your head or under the pillow.
The physiologist performing your test will apply a small probe coated with a water-based gel to the skin on your chest to obtain still images and short video clips of your heart. The physiologist will then take measurements, assessing the shape and size of your heart, how thick or thin its walls are and how well they squeeze and relax, whether the valves open and close as they should, and they will also take any specific measurements or images requested by the referring doctor.
You may be asked to reposition yourself a number of times during the examination to ensure that the best possible images are obtained by the physiologist. There may be slight pressure or discomfort experienced in the region under examination as the scan progresses, but, in general, there is no significant pain associated with this procedure.
The results of your test will be sent to your referring doctor within 3-5 working days.
- Please let us know if you have any difficulty lying flat, lying on your left side or have had recent surgery on the left side of your torso, shoulder or hip
- We may ask you about any medication you currently take
- If you have a hearing aid, please wear it as normal
- Outpatient Department
Opening Hours: Mon- Fri 08.00 to 16.30
Tel: (01) 260 9301
Fax: (01) 260 9533