Look for injury or illness of heart, heart valves, or sac around the heart
Check how well the heart is working
Find and define birth defects or abnormal growths
Follow treatment or disease progress
There are no major problems with this test. Types of echocardiogram, like stress, may have specific risk.
What to Expect
Prior to Test
Your doctor may review previous tests. It will help decide what type of test is best.
Description of Test
This is a process for a basic echocardiogram. A gel is put on your chest. A small, hand-held device is pressed and moved against your skin. You will not feel anything except the device on your skin. Images of the heart will appear on a screen in the room. The doctor may move the device around. It will help to get a better view of different areas. You may be asked to change positions, and slowly breathe in or out, or hold your breath.
The gel is wiped from your chest. If you are well, you can go home.
How Long Will It Take?
30 to 60 minutes
Will It Hurt?
Your doctor will talk to you about the results.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you have worsening heart symptoms.
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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