An echocardiogram produces sound waves to show images of the heart. The test will show the heart beating and pumping blood and will allow a doctor to identify heart disease.
WHY IT’S DONE
A doctor will suggest an echocardiogram to check for the size and function of the heart or to assess the function of the heart valves. Depending on the type of information needed, one of three different types of echocardiograms will be used:
HOW TO PREPARE
Preparations vary depending on the type of echocardiogram. For a transthoracic echocardiogram, no special preparations are needed. If you are scheduled for a stress procedure, your doctor may ask you to forgo food a few hours before the exam.
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