Cost of Echocardiography in Nigeria, How much does echocardiogram cost In Nigeria?
Echocardiography is a test that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce live images of the structure of your heart. The image is called an echocardiogram. This test allows your doctor to monitor how your heart muscles and its valves are functioning. The images can also help them get information about: blood clots in the heart chambers and major vessels.
Why do people need an echocardiogram test?
Your cardiologist may use an echo test to look at your heart’s structure and check how well your heart functions. The test helps your her/him find out:
💥The size and shape of your heart, and the size, thickness and movement of your heart’s walls.
💥How your heart moves.
💥The heart’s pumping strength.
💥If the heart valves are working correctly.
💥If blood is leaking backwards through your heart valves (regurgitation).
💥If the heart valves are too narrow (stenosis).
💥If there is a tumor or infectious growth around your heart valves.
Echocardiography will also help your doctor find out if there are:
➡️Problems with the outer lining of your heart (the pericardium).
➡️Problems with the large blood vessels that enter and leave the heart.
➡️Blood clots in the chambers of your heart.
➡️Abnormal holes between the chambers of the heart.
No special preparation. You can eat or drink anything before going for test. This does not mean you should take alcohol before the test. This is to avoid being drug during the procedure.
Nothing to worry about. Echocardiography has no side effects whatsover. Be relaxed
Who does Echo?
A doctor especially a heart doctor called a cardiologist. A cardiovascular radiologist or a trained technician also perform echocardiography.
How the test is performed?
While lying supine, some gel are applied to your chest to help sound waves travel faster and thereafter, some electrodes are placed on your chest to trace your heart beats (ECG). Your doctor or technician thereafter rub a probe (transducer) on your bare chest to produce this sound waves that will be represented as images on the video monitor. These images will be recorded and interpreted.
COST OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN NIGERIA
Echo is a very common investigation and most Nigerians with heart diseases are requested by their doctors to do the test. It is also an integral part of medical check up for athletes.
The cost of echocardiography in Nigeria is around #25,000 – #35,000 naira depending on the lab, hospital or even the city you are doing it. The price of Echocardiography may vary in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Benin, Warri, Kaduna and Enugu.
Pediatric echocardiography is around N15,000 – N20,000 Naira.
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