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Resting Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart.  It is a painless procedure that uses a clear liquid gel to obtain images.   An echocardiogram provides (2-D) Echo and is capable of displaying a cross-sectional picture of the beating heart, including the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels that exit from the left and right ventricle.  The echocardiogram also uses Doppler, which assesses blood flow (direction and velocity).  Also, echocardiography can assess the pumping ability of each chamber of the heart and also the movement of each visualized wall.  

Common indications for ordering the test: