Echocardiography, also known as an echocardiogram and echo test, is a painless test that uses sound waves, ultrasound, to produce images of your heart—showing its size, structure and motion. It provides valuable information about your heart health and can determine the presence of many types of heart disease. An echocardiography is often combined with a Doppler ultrasound which is able to capture images of how blood moves through your heart. This helps to determine how the blood is flowing between the chambers and valves of the heart. Echocardiography helps to detect heart valve disease, heart failure, and congenital heart disease.
During an echocardiogram, a special jelly is placed on the body area that is being examined, while a wand-like device called a transducer is passed over the skin. Ultra-high-frequency sound waves capture images of your heart and valves to be seen on screen, recorded as a video or printed as a photo. This painless test lasts about 15–20 minutes.
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