Echocardiogram

A recorder (probe) is put on your chest, and a high-frequency sound pulse is transmitted through your skin. The probe then picks up echoes reflected from various areas of the heart and displays them on a screen as an echocardiogram. As the probe moves across your chest, you may see different regions of your heart. It may take up to 30 minutes to complete the test.

Echocardiography can provide precise information about the heart’s pumping activity as well as its structure and valves. It’s a good test to do if you’ve just had a heart attack or if you’re suffering from heart failure. It’s also commonly used to evaluate people with valvular heart disease.

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