Why would you need or get an Echocardiogram?
Doctors often suggest an echocardiogram when they suspect problems with the valves or chambers of a patient’s heart or it’s ability to pump. However, an echocardiogram is also able to be used to detect congenital heart defects in unborn babies.
Besides the ability to assess the overall function of your heart, an echo can help determine the presence of many types of heart disease, follow the progress of heart valve diseases over time or evaluate the effectiveness of medical or surgical treatments.
Depending on what information a doctor needs, they may request one of the following types of echocardiograms: