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Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging Treatment Information
An echocardiogram allows your physician to see the shape, size and other features of your heart. Because this test is a type of ultrasound, it shows moving pictures of your heart beating. The technologist performing the echocardiogram also takes still pictures that show important features clearly. This type of test reveals many aspects of your heart’s structure and movement. Your physician can see leaks, obstructions or problems in large blood vessels that carry blood to and from your heart.
There are two basic types of echocardiogram:
- Resting echocardiogram. In this test, you lie on the examining table while the technologist places the transducer (wand that directs sound waves) against your chest and other areas. We may use more than one kind of ultrasound. For example, if your physician suspects your heart has a murmur, the technologist may use Doppler ultrasound. This test shows the flow of blood through the heart.
- Stress echocardiogram. You will have two imaging procedures in a stress echocardiogram. The first is a regular echocardiogram. This shows your heart’s normal movement and any other features your physician wants to see. Then you exercise on a treadmill or stationary bicycle until your heart is beating at a certain rate. At this time, the technologist performs a second echocardiogram to see whether your heart has any abnormal movements or other features that arise when it beats rapidly.
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This national government website includes information about echocardiograms and how your doctor uses them to guide your treatment.
American Heart Association
This website features education about echocardiograms and other heart-related topics.
This national government website hosts information about stress echocardiography and the conditions it can reveal.