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An echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves to take pictures of the heart. A trained sonographer performs this painless outpatient test, which allows doctors and patients to visualize the heart’s movements in two-dimensional and three-dimensional views on a video screen.

Why Do I Need An Echocardiogram?

Your doctor may recommend an echocardiogram if you have had the following:

  • Heart murmur
  • Heart attack
  • Heart valve problem
  • Unexplained chest pain
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Congenstive heart failure

What to Expect At Your Appointment

• A trained sonographer will perform the test.
• You’ll be asked to lie on a bed on your left side or back.
• A special gel will be used.
• Painless, high-frequency sound waves will pick up images of your heart and valves.
• The test takes about 30 minutes.
• In certain cases, your physician may order a specialized test called transesophageal echocardiography to produce more detailed images than the traditional echo test.

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Cardiovascular services: 781-624-8307

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