What is an echoocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is a test that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create a moving picture of your heart. The test involves no radiation.
Why is your doctor ordering an echocardiogram?
Echocardiography is used to show the actual structures and motion of your heart, including the function of your heart valves. This can help your doctor determine causes of chest pain, shortness of breath, and other symptoms of heart disease.
What to expect
During your echocardiogram, a technician passes a probe over your chest, producing sound waves that change into pictures viewed on a video monitor. The test takes about an hour.