An Echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart. It is sometimes just called an ‘ECHO‘.
Ultrasound is a very high-frequency sound that you cannot hear, but it can be emitted and detected by special machines.
The scan can give accurate pictures of the heart muscle, the heart chambers, and structures within the heart such as the valves.
It helps to access the contraction and relaxation pattern of the heart and gives information on causes of heart diseases.