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Ecocardiogramma (Echocardiography) Pinerolo

What is echocardiography?

Echocardiography is a method used to study the heart and blood flow through the valves by means of ultrasound. Unlike radiation used in radiology, ultrasound is harmless, so no precautions are necessary and the test can be performed on any patient countless times (even in pregnant women).

What is echocardiography for?

Echocardiography allows to obtain information on the contractility of the heart, on the morphology of its valves and on the flow of blood in its cavities, both at rest and after exercise or the intake of a drug.

How does echocardiography work?

The patient must lie bare-chested on the ultrasound chair, which will place electrodes on his chest. Then the ultrasound will spread a special gel on the patient's chest and on the transducer, a probe which, resting on the chest, emits the ultrasounds which, reflected and reworked by the apparatus, allow the heart and its structures to be visualized. The probe will be moved to the chest with light pressure. The patient may be asked to remain still or breathe deeply. At the end of the examination the electrodes will be removed and there will be nothing left but to clean themselves from the gel remaining on the chest. The total duration of the exam is about 10-15 minutes.

Is echocardiography dangerous or painful?

Echocardiography is neither painful nor dangerous.