A Better Picture of the Heart
An echocardiogram (or “Echo” for short) is an ultrasound of the heart, which helps find and identify certain cardiac defects or problems with the ability of the heart to squeeze and relax. During the test, which takes around 20-45 minutes, ECG stickers with be placed on your child’s chest. Then a sonographer will use an ultrasound device to record pictures of the heart. This gives us a better look at cardiac anatomy, function, blood flow and other important information. There are no risks or side effects from the test and it is completely painless.
Echocardiograms are used to diagnose Congenital Heart Disease, Acquired Heart Disease, and Cardiac Rhythm Disorders.