Echocardiography or echo, is a painless test that uses sound waves to create moving pictures of your heart. The pictures show the size and shape of your heart. They also show how well your heart's chambers and valves are working. 2D Echo test also measures the flow of blood in the Coronary arteries and detects any kind of blockages in the arteries. If any blockages are detected on 2D Echo, then Coronary Angiography is done to confirm the diagnosis. This test is done on a Colour Doppler Machine. At Bahra Hospital we have the most advanced machine for Echocardiography manufactured by GE Healthcare, USA. This machine gives very accurate measurements of the various cardiac parameters. Our Cardiologist has a long experience of more than 20 years in the field of Preventive Cardiology. 2D Echo is one of the most informative test for measuring the health of the heart. If the patient has to to undergo any kind of surgery and has age in excess of 60 years, then also 2D Echo test is required before the surgery.

Stress Echocardiography

2D Echo is done while the patient is lying on a couch. This test measures the health of the heart in resting position. A patient who has normal echo in resting position can have abnormalties detected when the heart is beating faster. In resting phase, the heart beats around 80 times in a minute but when the patient is walking, running or climbing stairs then the heart beat increases to 120 - 150 beats per minute. Stress Echocardiography is done to test the health of the heart when heart is beating in excess of 120 beats per minute. The test can be done by making the patient walk on a treadmill and the cardiologist does the Echo test while the patient is walking or immediatly after the treadmill is stopped. If the patient is old and cannot walk on the treadmill then stress echo is done by giving an injection of Dobutamine. This medicine increases the heart rate even when the patient is lying on the couch. The echo is done once the heartbeat increases to 120 or more.

Advantages of Echo Test

Echocardiography is one of the most important non-invasive test for checking the health of the heart. Echocardiography does not use any kind of radiation and is therefore safe to conduct even on a pregnant woman. In Echocardiography no ionic contrast is injected and is therefore safe for a patient who has deranged kidney function. Apart from the coronary arteries, valves and heart muscle, echocardiography also measures the flow of blood from the heart to the Aorta. This is called Ejection Fraction. A healthy heart must have an Ejection Fraction of 60% which means that each time your heart contracts it pumps 60% of the blood from the Left Ventricle to the Aorta. If the ejection fraction is low it means that heart will have to work more to pump the same amount of blood and this may slowly lead to heart failure. So getting an echocardiography regularly is a cheap and effective way of finding about the health of your heart. At Bahra hospital 2D Echo test costs Rs. 2,000 while Stress Echo costs Rs. 4,000.

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Bahra Superspecialty Hospital is the biggest private hospital in the Tricity of Mohali, Chandigarh and Panchkula. Spread over 12 acres, the hospital has 250 beds at present which can be expanded to 1000 beds. Mr. Gurvinder Singh Bahra who is one of the most distinguished educationist in India has setup this hospital in the Kharar area of Mohali, Punjab.

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Bahra Hospital has been in the forefront of deploying cutting edge technology for the benefit of its patients. Our Intensive Care Units are equipped with the latest ventilators, monitors and other life saving equipments. The Radiology department has the ultrafast 32 Slice CT Scanner, Ultrasound, Colour Doppler and Digital X-Ray to provide all the diagnostic services inhouse.

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