An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. This common test allows your doctor to see your heart beating and pumping blood. Your doctor can use the images from an echocardiogram to identify heart disease.
What is an echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram (echo) is a graphic outline of the heart’s movement. During an echo test, ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) from a hand-held wand placed on your chest provides pictures of the heart’s valves and chambers and helps the sonographer evaluate the pumping action of the heart. This is a non-invasive test that looks through the chest wall getting images of the heart. This test is mainly used to evaluate heart capacity, ejection fraction and valvular abnormality and regurgitation.