An echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart.
The scan can give accurate pictures of the heart muscle, the heart chambers, and structures within the heart such as the valves. Mr Jerome Ment, Consultant Cardiologist performs Echo’s at MUMS.
This diagnostic test is for patients who have palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, Atrial Fibrillation, Murmurs, Known or suspected heart failure.
The cost of the consultation with the cardiologist is £230.00.
The cost of the ECHO and report is £400.00 and can be performed at the same time as your consultation.
This diagnostic test – often called an ECHO is a very high-frequency sound that you cannot hear but it can be emitted and detected. An ECHO can be carried out for may different reasons. It may be done to check how well your heart is working after a heart attack or to look at how well the valves are moving inside the heart. An ECHO can also help to see any fluid that may have collected around the heart.
An echocardiogram or sometimes called an ‘echo’, is an ultrasound scan to look at your heart and nearby blood vessels.
If your GP or Cardiologist suspects that there is a problem with your heart, they may request this. This can be carried out in the clinic by our Cardiologist.
An echocardiogram can help diagnose, monitor, and decide the best treatment for heart conditions, which may include: • Heart Failure – A progressive heart disease which affects the pumping action of the heart. • Congenital Heart Disease – An abnormality in the heart which is present from birth. • Heart Damage – Damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack or • Cardiomyopathy – Disease of the heart muscle. • Endocarditis – A rare and potentially fatal infection of the inner lining of the heart.
• Before the procedure, the doctor will explain what will happen and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. • You will need to remove your upper garments and will be given a hygienic sheet to cover yourself. • Electrodes will be placed on your chest (these are flat sticky patches). These will monitor your heart’s electrical activity during the test. • You will lie on your left side on the examination couch. • An ultrasound probe with a small amount of gel will be used on several areas of your chest to gather images. • You may hear some sounds during the test and asked to change position several times. • You may also need to hold your breath at certain times.
You won’t need to have any special preparation for the procedure . You can eat and drink normally, unless advised any differently. If you take any regular medication, please take this unless advised any differently.
You shouldn’t feel any discomfort, just some slight pressure from the ultrasound probe and a cold feeling from the ultrasound gel.
The echocardiogram takes up to 40 minutes.