An echocardiogram is a fast, painless test that uses ultrasound to build pictures of your heart, that can be used to detect any potential problems.
Our Cardiologists and team of Physiologists perform echocardiograms in our outpatient cardiology facility.
Echocardiograms are used to find and detect a number of issues relating to your heart, including:
- Any damage that might have been caused by a heart attack
- Possible heart failure
- Any defects caused by congenital heart disease
- Issues surrounding the valves of your heart
- Thickened or hardened walls of your heart, known as cardiomyopathy
The first step is to have an initial consultation with one of our Consultant Cardiologists. With no waiting lists, you can access prompt care at a time that suits you whether you are paying for yourself or if you have medical insurance.
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What to expect from an echocardiogram
What does an echocardiogram involve?
Your echocardiogram will either be performed by your Cardiologist, or one of our specially trained physiologists.
You’ll need to remove your clothing from the top half of your body and you will be offered a gown to cover yourself.
Several sticky pads, called electrodes will be placed on your chest, which are connected to the machine. An ultrasound probe will be covered with lubricating gel and you’ll be asked to lie on your left side while the probe is moved around your chest. Using sound waves, the probe will build moving images of your heart, which can be reviewed and analysed after the test is completed.
The whole test takes on average 30 minutes, but might vary slightly from person to person.
How much does an echocardiogram cost?
If your test is performed by our Physiologists, the self-funding price is £300. If your Cardiologist performs the test, the self-funding price is £450.
It is important to note this does not include your initial consultation fee, which will be invoiced to you separately.
Does the test hurt? Are there any side effects?An echocardiogram is a painless safe test. You might feel some slight discomfort as the sticky pads are removed from your chest. The lubricating gel might also feel a little cold when it is applied. Echocardiograms don’t use any radiation, so the test is safe for everyone, including pregnant women.
When can I get my results?
If you’ve been referred for an echocardiogram by your GP, results will be written up and sent to them the same day, ready for you to review at your next appointment with them.
If you’re referred to one of our Cardiologists, you’ll be asked to come in for the test around 30 minutes prior to your consultation, and the results will be ready to discuss during your appointment with your Cardiologist.
Payment to suit you with 0% and fixed rate interest options
Following an appointment with your Consultant, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your treatment. With interest free finance at Representative 0% APR (fixed) along with longer term fixed rate loans, there is an option for everyone.
Dr Scott Takeda
MBBS CCST Cardiology and G(I)M FRCP
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