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Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves or ultrasound to produce a moving picture of the heart. These sound waves are transmitted through a wand-like device or transducer into the body. The sound waves bounce off the heart and return to the transducer as echoes, which are then turned into moving images of the heart that can be viewed on a television monitor. This test allows the doctor to learn about the size and shape of the heart muscle and to evaluate its function, valves, and the flow of blood through the heart. It helps the doctor to diagnose any problems experienced by the patient and to prescribe the treatment that best meets the health needs of the individual. An echocardiogram is pain-free and presents no risk of injury to the patient.

The procedure takes about 30-45 minutes.