A: No. An echocardiogram is a detailed ultrasound examination of the heart. It includes measurement of the chamber sizes, evaluation of blood flow, calculation of contractility and cardiac output, and documentation of abnormal structures. EKG, or alternatively ECG, stands for electrocardiogram. That is a study of heart rhythm based upon lines on paper that are obtained through electrodes placed on the skin. While an echocardiogram can give limited information on heart rhythm and an electrocardiogram can give limited information on heart size and function, each type of study provides specialized and unique information.
Due to the wonders of modern technology, specialist interpretation of X-rays, ultrasounds, echocardiograms, and EKGs can now be obtained close to home. Previously a drive to a specialty referral center or veterinary school would have been required. Now, your veterinarian has access to it right here in Culpeper County. Just ask for a referral to Clevengers Corner Veterinary Care or request an appointment directly through our practice’s web site or Facebook page.
All of our scans are performed by ultrasound-certified doctors or licensed technicians with the remote assistance of professional sonographers. Every study is interpreted by a board-certified specialist; either a radiologist or a cardiologist. We can also submit chest x-rays and EKGs with an echocardiogram for a thorough remote consult with a cardiologist.