An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. This type of imaging enables your healthcare provider to examine your heart valves, determine the size of your heart, and assess how well it is functioning. An echocardiogram can estimate how forcefully your heart is pumping blood and can detect areas of the heart wall that have been injured by a previous heart attack or some other cause. You will be asked to wear a gown during this exam and to lie down on an examining table. A clear jelly will be placed on the skin in order for the transducer to slide easily.

You will be asked to lie in different positions throughout the study. You will hear whooshing sounds if the volume is turned on. These are the sounds of your heart beating and the blood flowing through the vessels. Contact your healthcare provider.