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Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram (or echo) is a test of the heart using ultrasound waves and is used for diagnosing disease of the heart or its valves. Occasionally, contrast dye will be administered via IV to better see the heart.

A Deborah Specialty Physician may suggest an echocardiogram to:

  • Check for problems with the valves or chambers of the heart
  • Check if heart problems are the cause of symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Detect congenital heart defects before birth using a fetal echocardiogram

How does it work?

During the echo, a physician with special training will guide the scope down the esophagus and into the stomach. This method is used to get clearer echocardiographic images of the patient’s heart. The provider may use this test to look for signs of infection, blood clots, or other abnormal structures or connections.


What can I expect after treatment?

Most patients can resume normal activities after an echocardiogram. If the echocardiogram is normal, additional testing may be needed.