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.