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An echocardiogram (echo test) is a safe and painless imaging test that helps your doctor evaluate your heart, plan your treatment and order any other tests that are needed.
During an echocardiogram a transducer (a device that looks like a microphone) bounces harmless soundwaves off your heart showing the heart's size as well as the health of your heart's chambers and valves.
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An echo test can be done in a hospital, test center or your doctor's office. Most echo tests take only 10 to 20 minutes. During the procedure:
After the test you can return to normal activity unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Your doctor will discuss your test results with you during a future office visit. Be sure to keep follow-up appointments.
Before your cardiogram, follow any instructions your doctor may provide. Also: