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An echocardiogram uses sound waves (ultrasound) to record moving images and is useful for assessing the size of the heart chambers and walls, heart muscle function, heart valve function, blood clots or masses in the heart, fluid around the heart, presence of holes or defects between the heart chambers, and abnormalities of blood flow within the heart. It can play an important role in managing the medical care of cardiac patients and timing cardiac surgery.
The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre maintains a focus on treating individual patients with compassion and respect. Our team excels at working together to help patients and families at every stage of their care. We're well known for our high patient satisfaction record, and we're committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for our cardiac and vascular patients.
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The type of test you'll have will decide how long your appointment will last.
You won't be able to get the results of your exam right away. The images are recorded on disk for future review at UHN, and a cardiologist looks them over and interprets them within 72 hours. We will send a report to the physician who referred you. Please contact your doctor to follow up on your results.
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Treating and caring for people with heart disease takes a well-coordinated team. Your team at the Echocardiography Lab is made up of world-class healthcare professionals working together for you and with you. Your team includes doctors, cardiac sonographers, anesthesia assistants, administrative support staff, volunteers and many others dedicated to helping you and your family.
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Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
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You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
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