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What is an echocardiogram used for to diagnose heart failure?

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This test, often called an "echo," shows your heart's movement. During this exam, your doctor places a wand on the surface of your chest. It sends ultrasound waves that show pictures of your heart's valves and chambers. Those images let your doctor look at how well your heart is pumping. Your doctor may combine an echocardiogram with tests called Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to check blood flow across your heart's valves.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Common Tests for Heart Failure," "Symptoms & Diagnosis of Heart Failure."

UpToDate: "Natriuretic peptide measurement in heart failure."

Mayo Clinic: "Coronary angiogram: Overview."

Cleveland Clinic: "Myocardial Biopsy."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Common Tests for Heart Failure," "Symptoms & Diagnosis of Heart Failure."

UpToDate: "Natriuretic peptide measurement in heart failure."

Mayo Clinic: "Coronary angiogram: Overview."

Cleveland Clinic: "Myocardial Biopsy."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

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