An echocardiogram can give your cardiologist a lot of useful information about your heart. This quick, non-invasive test will likely be recommended if you experience chest pain, palpitations, or shortness of breath, for example, or if you have certain conditions, such as hypertension. The resulting images can help your cardiologist detect valve problems, damage to the heart muscle, changes in the size of the heart, or heart defects. Using the insights offered by these detailed images, your doctor can design a treatment plan to address your particular situation.
A stress echocardiogram, a combination of a stress test and an echocardiogram, is another test that’s helpful in evaluating symptoms. It’s also a noninvasive way to identify any major blockages in the coronary arteries.