An Echocardiogram is a simple test that can show the doctor lots of vital information. The whole test typically takes about a half hour. The technician will apply gel to your chest and use a probe to get the images; just like a baby ultrasound is done.
An echo can show the doctor the size and condition of all of your valves. Also it can show if your heart muscle is weak, because if the muscle is weak than the heart is not squeezing appropriately to pump the blood.
A test like this is easy and can prevent worsening heart conditions.
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Prepping for an Echo
No smoking day of the test. No beta blockers 24 hours before the exam, bring your beta blockers, bring a current list of your medications and wear comfortable shoes/clothing.