Please get an echocardiogram done before you do any major procedure on your body

Echocardiography is a diagnostic test that uses ultrasound waves to create a visual image of the heart- The muscles & other layers of heart, the valves, the flow of blood evidence of blockage and many others.

Echocardiography is a routine test which is used in diagnosis, management as well as follow up of any known or suspected heart disease.

It provides a wealth of information about your heart – its size, shape, condition of all the layers of heart, damage to any tissue of the heart. It finds its pumping capacity, it tells you if the heart is failing or failed.

  • It tells you if you are on the way to get any blockages or already have blockages.
  • It tells you about the condition of various valves & arteries – whether the valves are stiff, narrow or leaking.
  • It tells you about the aging that’s occurring in our body.
  • It tells you about various lung conditions.
  • In fact, a good echo study is essential in every heart condition – Right from the baby in uterus till the last stage of our life.
  • Today we need echo before anaesthesia or any other condition which makes us assess the fitness of the patient.
  • Science of echo is very well developed and branched out to :

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE),
  • Transoesophageal echocardiogram (TEE),
  • Stress Echo,
  • 3-Dimensional Echo,
  • Contrast Echo
  • For cancer patients on chemotherapy echo is a boon to the safety of effects of drugs on the heart.
  • Echo also helps us to assess the various biomedical conditions effecting the heart like Low Na(Sodium), High K(Potassium), Kidney failure, CVA (Cerebrovascular Accident/ Stroke).
  • Echo is

  • Simple to do.
  • Safe to do.
  • Costs least.
  • Can be repeated to follow up on condition.
  • Most effective investigation.
  • Please ask your doctor to have your echo done before any major procedure on your body.
  • You can see your own heart & its structure and assess your medical condition Yourself.