An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. The sonographer utilizes a microphone like device (transducer) along with gel to obtain information about heart function. It is commonly used to evaluate heart murmurs, complaints of chest pain and shortness of breath.
- No special preparation required
- Results usually available same day
- Can show previous heart muscle damage
- Used to evaluate valve and heart defects
- Allows us to accurately estimate heart pumping strength