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Hi! I want to know more about echocardiogram. Next week I will have this kind of test. Who needs an echocardiogram? What happens during an echocardiogram?

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Hi! It is very simple procedure. After undressing from the waist up, you'll lie on an examining table or bed. The technician will attach sticky patches (electrodes) to your body to help detect and conduct the electrical currents of your heart. If you'll have a transesophageal echocardiogram, your throat will be numbed. You may be given a sedative to help you relax. During the echocardiogram, the technician will dim the lights to better view the image on the monitor. You may hear a pulsing "whoosh" sound, which is the machine's approximation of blood flowing past the structures in your heart. An echocardiogram allows you to see your heart in motion. Here's what you need to know about the test.
An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of the heart. This common test allows your doctor to see the complicated dance that is your heart in motion — ventricles squeezing and relaxing, and valves opening and closing in rhythm with your heartbeat. Your doctor may suggest an echocardiogram if he or she suspects problems with the valves or chambers of your heart or your heart's ability to pump.
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