An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce an image of a beating heart. The image that is displayed allows the surgeon to see many of your heart’s structures and rhythm. Unlike an X-ray, the image of your heart moves in real-time instead of a static photo giving your doctor more information when evaluating cardiovascular conditions and helps with diagnosis and development of treatment options.
An echocardiogram is used to evaluate the function and anatomy of the heart, especially with respect to heart valves. It is used to evaluate and follow valvular heart disease and is performed through yoru cardiologist. Annual follow-up is required.