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501 Washington St.
Suite 512
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-297-0014
Fax: 619-297-1014

230 Prospect Place
Suite 250
Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: 619-435-1660
Fax: 619-435-6312

An echocardiogram is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to evaluate how well the heart is working. Gel is applied to the chest and a transducer (wand-like apparatus) is moved over the chest area to produce an image of the internal structures of the heart.

The test will take from 30-60 minutes depending on the patient’s condition and the type of echo that is ordered by the doctor.

Why is an echocardiogram done?
An echocardiogram will help the doctor to evaluate:
  • How welll the heart is moving
  • How well the valves are working
  • The size of the heart and it’s pumping chambers (ventricles)

What preparation is needed for the test?
  • There are no restrictions on food, liquids or medications for this test