Heart Ultrasound: Echocardiogram

Overview

What Is an Echocardiogram (Heart Ultrasound)?

An echocardiogram, or echo test, is an ultrasound of your heart. During an echo, we use high-frequency sound waves to create computerized pictures of your heart and its attached blood vessels.

These images help your doctor see your heart’s chambers, valves and wall structures and check for holes or other abnormalities. If you have extra fluid building up around your heart, your doctor can also see that during an echo test.

The procedure takes about an hour and requires no special preparation on your part.

We offer echocardiography testing at more than 25 Aurora Health Care locations.

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Our Comprehensive Echocardiogram Testing

Our experienced echo technicians offer you:

  • A minimally invasive testing philosophy: We try to avoid invasive (surgical) tests for heart conditions whenever possible. The echo test is an external-body test (noninvasive) that shouldn’t result in any side effects.
  • Quick results: Your doctor will often get your echo test results within 24 hours.
  • Advanced technology: Our echocardiography testing labs are equipped with the latest high-tech diagnostic equipment. Your echo results will be top quality, so your doctor can create your ideal treatment plan, if needed.

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