Diagnosing Heart Disease: Echocardiogram
An echocardiogram (often called "echo") is a graphic outline of the heart's movement. During this test, high-frequency sound waves, called ultrasound, provide pictures of the heart's valves and chambers. This allows the technician, called a sonographer, to evaluate the pumping action of the heart. Echo is often combined with Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to evaluate blood flow across the heart's valves.
Why Do I Need an Echo?
Your doctor may perform an echocardiogram to:
What Are the Types of Echocardiograms?
There are several types of echocardiograms and your doctor will help determine which is best for you.
How Should I Prepare for the Echocardiogram?
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