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Do I need to shave my chest before an echocardiogram?

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Posted on Sat, 2 Mar 2019
Question: Do I need to shave my chest before an echocardiogram?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
You can be asked to shave if your chest is quite hairy

Detailed Answer:
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The answer to this question depends on how hairy your chest is. An electrolyte gel is applied between the transducer and the skin of your chest while performing an echocardiogram. If you have more hair on your chest, they impede the signals between the transducer and the chest and therefore you might be advised to shave your chest.

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Do I need to shave my chest before an echocardiogram?

Brief Answer: You can be asked to shave if your chest is quite hairy Detailed Answer: Thanks for using the Ask a Doctor service. The answer to this question depends on how hairy your chest is. An electrolyte gel is applied between the transducer and the skin of your chest while performing an echocardiogram. If you have more hair on your chest, they impede the signals between the transducer and the chest and therefore you might be advised to shave your chest. Regards