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Echocardiogram

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

heart, heart disease, atrium, ventricle, heart chambers, aorta, pericardium, heart valves, coronary arteries, coronary artery disease, EKG, echo, echocardiogram, transducer, heart attack, bmbody

Overview *

An Echocardiogram uses sound wave technology to create an image of your heart.

With an echo test, your doctors can observe:
- How the heart chambers and valves are working
- The flow of blood inside the heart
- Any inflammation of the heart membrane
- How strong the heart muscle is after a heart attack
- Any tumors on or in the heart

The technologist will attach electrodes to your chest, wrists, and ankles. These will be used to record an electrocardiogram at the same time that the echo is taken. The technician will move a transducer over your chest while placing a small amount of pressure on it and will ensure all areas of the heart are captured in the echocardiogram. This outpatient procedure is painless and involves no risk.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | The Heart
Echo | How Echo Works
During An Echo | After An Echo
Summary

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education program is for patients that may need to have an echocardiogram. It explains why echocardiograms are needed and what to expect. Included are the following sections: Heart Anatomy, Heart Disease & Echo, How Echo Works, During an Echo, and After an Echo.

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Last reviewed: 11/9/2007

 
     
 

.Selected topic overviews were adapted from Medlineplus, the National Library of Medicine *

 
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