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Everything You Need To Know About Echocardiography

Echocardiography is a diagnostic test that uses ultrasound to create images of the heart. This test can be used to assess the function and structure of the heart, as well as the valves and blood vessels that lead to and from it. Echocardiography is a non-invasive procedure, which means that it does not involve entering the body.

What should I know about this?

Echocardiography is a painless test that takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete. During the test, you will lie on your left side on an exam table. A gel will be applied to your chest and a transducer (a hand-held device that emits sound waves) will be placed on your skin. The transducer will send sound waves through your chest and into your heart. These sound waves will bounce off of your heart and return to the transducer, which will then create images of your heart on a monitor.

You may be asked to hold your breath at certain times during the procedure so that the images are not blurred.
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