2D Echo

Echocardiography is also known as "Echo," "Cardiac Ultrasound," "Doppler ultrasound of the heart," "Cardiac Ultrasonography," and "2D echo test." It is a test that is used to give an image of the heart using sound waves. It can be used in conjunction with a stress test to show the heart as it beats while the patient is exercising.

Echocardiography is a very precise method to detect the heart's movement and shape. It is a non-invasive technique that uses sonar to study the motion and appearance of the valves. The patient is asked to lie down and remove clothing from the waist up. A sheet of cloth is used to cover the patient. Electrodes will then be placed on the patient's body. The patient might be asked to breathe in a certain way or to lie on his side to best help the test be performed successfully. A gel is applied to the chest, followed by a transducer, i.e., a machine that sends and receives sound, which is placed on the body over the heart and measures distance to produce the visual representation of the heart on a monitor. Only a trained cardiologist is required to perform the test, and he or she will best interpret the results. The test is performed for a variety of reasons, including:

There are no special preparations a patient needs to take for this test, but diabetic patients should always consult their doctor, who must be kept well informed before undergoing echocardiography or altering existing medication dosage.