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What is the difference between an Echocardiogram and an Electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test to measure the electrical activity and rhythm of your heart. Small electrodes are placed on your chest, arm and legs, and recorded on the ECG machine.

An Echocardiogram is a more advanced test, using ultrasound to produce a visual image and allow a more in-depth analysis of your heart function.

Is fasting required before an echocardiogram?

No, you can eat and drink as normal on the day of your Echocardiogram, however it is recommended that you avoid caffeinated products for 24hrs before your test, as it can affect your blood pressure and heart rate.

How long does an echocardiogram take?

Typically, an echocardiogram will take around 20min, however it can last up to an hour, depending on the type and number of heart conditions that are being investigated.

How safe is an echocardiogram?

Echocardiograms are incredibly safe. There is no known risk for using ultrasound in heart screening. It does not use radiation, it?s non-invasive, and has no after-effects.

Can I wear my bra during my Echocardiogram?

No, you will need to remove your clothes from the waist up, but a gown will be provided, and you are free to bring, or request a chaperone whilst you are having your echocardiogram.

When will I get my results?

Depending on the outcome of your echocardiogram, you may be able to have your results at the end of your consultation. However, if the cardiologist needs to analyse your test data further, your results will be sent to you via post.

Will my GP be told my results?

Your results will only be sent to your GP at your request, unless the cardiologist thinks it is necessary to do so. This will be discussed with you during your consultation.

What happens if something is abnormal?

If an abnormality is detected during your screening the cardiologist will discuss, if appropriate, any recommendations, treatment or referrals that may be required, at your consultation afterwards.

How do I pay for my test?

If you have been referred by Welsh Hearts, please arrange your payment directly with the charity. If you are part of a sports club or having corporate screening, your organisation will be invoiced directly. If you are an individual, payment can be made over the telephone on booking, or when you attend your appointment. We can accept cash or card payments (unfortunately, we cannot accept Amex at this time).

Is my data safe and confidential?

Yes, here at iDiagnostics we take management of your data extremely seriously and we go to great lengths to ensure compliance with GDPR. We will however send a copy of your test results to your general practitioner if you request it.

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