An echocardiogram is a test that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create a moving picture of your heart. The test is painless and involves no radiation.
Why is Your Doctor Ordering an Echocardiogram?
Echocardiography is used to show the actual structures and motion of your heart. The test checks how well your heart is pumping blood and how well your heart valves are working. Echocardiography can help your doctor determine the causes of unexplained chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, and other symptoms of heart diseases that affect the walls and chambers of the heart.
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.