What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram (echo) uses sound waves (ultrasound) to take pictures of your heart.

What is an echo performed?

An echo will show the structure and function of your heart. It could possibly show:

  • Blood clots in the chambers of your heart
  • Problems with your heart’s chambers, valves, and blood vessels

How is it performed?

An echocardiogram is done in the dark so that the technologist can better see the monitor. The technologist will put gel onto your chest that will help the sound waves pass through your skin. They will place a probe across your chest. The sound waves will produce a picture on the monitor. You may be asked to move or hold your breath briefly throughout the test. After the test, the technologist will wipe off the gel and your doctor will review the results.

Download the Echocardiogram brochure.