An echocardiogram (echo) is an imaging test. It helps your doctor evaluate your heart. This test:
- Is safe and painless.
- Can be done in a hospital, test center, or doctor’s office.
- Bounces harmless sound waves (ultrasound) off the heart. A transducer (device that looks like a microphone) is used.
- Helps show the size of your heart. It also helps show the health of the heart’s chambers and valves.
Allow extra time for checking in.
Wear a two-piece outfit for the test. You may be asked to remove clothing and jewelry from the waist up. If so, you’ll be given a short hospital gown.
Your Test Results
Your doctor will discuss your test results with you during a future office visit. The test results help the doctor plan your treatment and any other tests that are needed.