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Cardiac Ultrasound (Echocardiogram)

The “echo” is an imaging technique that bounces sound waves through the chest to provide a two-dimensional image of the heart muscle, valves, and other cardiovascular structures. This test also provides important information about the pressure inside the heart and lungs. Heart muscle function is evaluated periodically to monitor changes over the years and to guide medical therapy. In patients who have sustained a heart attack, an echo helps assess how the heart is healing. This test usually takes 45 to 60 minutes.

 

No special dress or preparation is required, although women may wish to wear clothing with separate tops and bottoms, as you will be asked to undress from the waist up. Take your usual medications, and eat and drink normally prior to the test.