The structure and function of your heart, as well as how well blood moves through it to the lungs.1
What to expect:
Echocardiography uses sound waves to create a detailed moving image of your heart.1 The doctor or nurse will move a probe over your chest to get different images, a bit like the ultrasound performed on pregnant women. It will also create a measure of the blood pressure in the right side of your heart (that pumps blood into your lungs), which helps the doctors spot and treat PAH.
It’s a completely painless test and will only take from 15 minutes to an hour.2
Understanding your results:
Your doctor will analyse the results and discuss these with you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.