An echocardiogram is a noninvasive ultrasound test that helps your cardiologist or a radiologist see the structure of your heart as it pumps. A 3-D echocardiogram provides three-dimensional images of your heart.
Call Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals at (702) 616-4900 to find a cardiologist who performs a 3-D echocardiogram in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Take our heart health assessment to find out more about your risk of developing heart conditions.
Why Did Your Doctor Suggest a 3-D Echocardiogram Test?
Your cardiologist may recommend a 3-D echocardiogram to see if there are problems with your heart’s valves, which control the blood flow from one chamber to another. Your doctor may also look for irregularities in the heart’s chambers.
These diagnostic procedures can help your doctor make a diagnosis if you have been experiencing symptoms of heart valve disease such as:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in your feet (edema)
What to Expect During Your 3-D Echocardiogram Procedure
A 3-D echocardiogram may be performed in a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospital, your doctor’s office, or an imaging facility. To monitor your heart rhythm throughout the test, a technician will apply electrodes to your chest, legs, and arms and connect them to an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) machine.
The technician will apply ultrasound gel on your chest. This helps the transducer wand glide over your skin. The transducer sends and receives sound waves that produce an image on a monitor. Sometimes a contrast dye is injected into a vein. The dye makes it easier to see blood flow into and out of your heart.
The procedure normally takes under an hour.
Recovery after a 3-D Echocardiogram at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
You may leave soon after your echocardiogram unless the radiologist says otherwise. The radiologist will share the results of your test with your doctor, who will discuss the results with you the same day or a few days later. A follow-up appointment with your doctor will give you the chance to talk about the findings, any possible diagnosis, and your options for treatment.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers noninvasive 3-D echocardiogram in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.