Overview of Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram ("echo" for short) is a cardiac ultrasound. In cardiac care, ultrasound helps assess the condition of your heart. It uses a device called a transducer to transmit high-frequency sound waves through the body. As the waves bounce (or "echo") off structures in the body, the ultrasound transducer translates them into images on a monitor. Combined with cardiac Doppler testing (described below), an echo can also help measure your ejection fraction (EF), which is the amount of blood your heart pumps out with each beat.

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During your echo, you'll be able to see a picture of your beating heart. The image shown here is enhanced by 3D technology.

There are several types of echocardiograms:

Patient Instructions

Learn what happens (and what you need to do) before, during, and after your echocardiogram:

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