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An echocardiogram (echo) is an imaging test. It helps your doctor evaluate your heart.

The Test

  • Is safe and painless.
  • Can be done in a hospital, test center, or doctor’s office.
  • Bounces harmless sound waves (ultrasound) off the heart. A transducer (device that looks like a microphone) is used.
  • Helps show the size of your heart. It also helps show the health of the heart’s chambers and valves.

Before Your Echo

During Your Echo

After Your Echo

Your Test Results

Your doctor will discuss your test results with you during a future office visit. The test results help the doctor plan your treatment and any other tests that are needed.

Publication Source: American Society of Echocardiography
Online Source: American Society of EchocardiographyDate
Last Reviewed: 2005-08-15T00:00:00-06:00
Date Last Modified: 2008-05-29T00:00:00-06:00

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