An echocardiogram (echo) is a noninvasive test that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to assess the heart’s function and structures.

Why would I need an echo?

  • To assess the overall function and structures of the heart.
  • Observe how the heart moves.
  • Gauge the strength of the heart’s muscle.
  • Evaluate many heart, vessel and valve problems.
  • Assess damage from prior heart attacks.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of medical and surgical treatments.
  • Discover congenital heart disease and rhythm disorders.

How do I prepare for an echo?

You do not have to do anything special. You can eat and drink normally.

How long does the exam take?

Exam takes between 45-60 minutes.