What is an echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram, also referred to as an echo, is an ultrasound used to evaluate the heart. Echocardiograms can be both invasive and noninvasive, however the most commonly used type of echocardiogram is noninvasive and painless for the patient.
By using high-frequency sound waves to produce a live imahe, an echocardiogram can be used to evaluate heart size and wall thickness, the speed and direction of blood flow within the heart, and the strength and frequency of your heart beat.
Why may I need an echocardiogram?
Dr. Jain uses echocardiograms to assess many facets of your overall heart health. He may use it to gauge your risk of heart disease, monitor an existing heart condition, locate abnormalities, or evaluate the effectiveness of a previously conducted test or treatment. He may also use it simply to get a clearer picture of your heart health as a whole.