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Why do I need an echocardiogram?

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Your doctor may perform an echocardiogram to:

  • Assess the overall function of your heart
  • Determine the presence of many types of heart disease
  • Follow the progress of heart valve disease over time
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of medical or surgical treatments

From: Heart Disease and the Echocardiogram WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. The National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 4, 2019

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. The National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 4, 2019

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