If your doctor is concerned that there might be an issue with your heart, they might suggest that you should get an echocardiogram. If you need an echocardiogram in Cambridge or King’s Lynn, you will most likely have it done at Royal Papworth Hospital. It is a simple and non-invasive procedure and is usually nothing to worry about. Here are some answers to some common questions.
What Is It?
An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound scan. It allows the doctor to look at the structure of your heart.
How Does It Work?
It works by sending a high-frequency sound wave into your body. Every time the sound wave meets a boundary, a little bit of it reflects back. The computer can then turn this information into a picture.
Depending on the type of echocardiogram that you need you may also have sensors placed on your chest to monitor your heart rhythm. If a standard echocardiogram cannot provide the required information, you might need to have a different type of scan. These can include having a harmless contrast material inject to make the image clearer or having to exercise directly before the scan.
Does It Hurt?
Echocardiograms are non-invasive and painless. You will not be able to hear or feel the sound waves from the scan.
Why Do I Need One?
An echocardiogram is used to diagnose or monitor a range of heart conditions. Consequently, it shows the doctor any signs of structural damage. This includes damage from a heart attack or defects in the heart valves.
Echocardiogram In Cambridge
If it has been suggested that you need an echocardiogram in Cambridge, then you can choose to see a specialist. Dr David Begley is based in Cambridge and King’s Lynn. He is a cardiac specialist and can help you through all the stages of your diagnosis and treatment. So, to find out more, get in touch with his office today.