Echocardiography is the use of ultrasound waves to investigate the actions of the heart. An echocardiogram, sometimes called an echo, uses two-dimensional, three-dimensional and Doppler ultrasound to create pictures of the heart. The ultrasound creates pictures of the heart’s chambers, valves, walls and blood vessels.
To perform an echocardiogram, a probe called a transducer is passed over the chest. This produces sound waves that “echo” back to the transducer. The sound waves become a picture on a monitor. This procedure is painless and causes no harm to the patient.
Doctors order echocardiograms for the assessment of the overall function of the heart, check for the presence of heart disease, follow the progression of heart disease over time, and determine the effectiveness of surgical treatment.
PHS is pleased to offer this approximately one-hour service in homes, nursing facilities, assisted and independent livings, clinics, and specialty hospitals, for most of our service areas.