What to Expect

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Someone will call you to give you a time for your appointment at the Echocardiography Lab.​

What to Bring​​​

  • ​​​​​Health card (OHIP card) or alternative method of payment

  • List of medications
    You will need to have a list of your current medications if you are going for a Dobutamine or an Exercise Stress Echocardiogram or a Transesoph​ageal Echocardiogram (TEE). This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamin or mineral supplements and herbal remedies.

  • Medications that you need to take.
    Appointments can take several hours. Bring any medications with you that you normally take during the day.​

  • Record of any changes.
    Make notes about any changes in your condition that you've noticed since your last visit, and bring these notes to show your doctor.

  • Questions to ask
    ​Bring a list of questions to your appointment to help you remember​ everything you want to ask.

When You Arri​​ve

The first person you meet at the Echocardiography Lab is the receptionist. To sign in with the receptionist you will need your health card (OHIP card). If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, or other provincial health card).

How Long W​​ill Your​ Appointment Be?

The type of test you'll have will decide how long your appointment will last. 


We do everything​ we can to stay on time. Unfortunately, it may be delayed by unforeseen circumstances, and we recommend you come prepared for delays. 

Before You Leave​​​

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.

If you're unsure about what to do next, don't be afraid to ask a member of your team. We're here to help you.

About Phone Calls​​​

We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients.

We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly – and you do not have an answering machine for us to leave a message – you may need to call us again.​