What Does an Echocardiogram Test For? Center

An echocardiogram (EKG) is a painless test that uses ultrasound to show the structure and function of the heart muscle. The ultrasound waves create pictures of the heart so the doctor can diagnose any abnormalities of the heart, such as an enlarged heart or thick ventricles, monitor heart valves after medical or surgical treatments, identify heart defects that are present at birth, or locate blood clots or tumors. Types of echocardiogram include transthoracic echocardiogram, transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE), stress echocardiogram, dobutamine stress echocardiogram, and intravascular ultrasound. Read more: What Does an Echocardiogram Test For? Article


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