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- What is an echocardiogram?
- What are the different types of echocardiograms?
- Why is an echocardiogram performed?
- How should one prepare for an echocardiogram?
- What happens during an echocardiogram test?
- What are the potential risks of having an echocardiogram?
- What will the results of an echocardiogram indicate?
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What are the potential risks of having an echocardiogram?
There are no risks associated with a transthoracic echocardiogram.
The risks of a transesophageal echocardiogram are due to the sedation required to perform the procedure or, very rarely, damage to the esophagus.
What will the results of an echocardiogram indicate?
The purpose of the echocardiogram is to assess the structure and function of the heart. The results will provide information that can help the health care professional make a diagnosis that involves the heart.
Echocardiograms may be repeated over time, monitoring heart function and the results may help decide whether previous treatment has been effective and whether any changes in that treatment program are required.
Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease
Drake, Richard L., et al. Gray's Anatomy. 2nd ed. Churchhill Livingstone, 2009.