An echocardiogram is a test that uses ultrasound waves to examine the heart. This test can be used to determine:
I. Heart size.
II. Heart's pumping strength.
III. Heart valve problems and their impact.
IV. Fluid around the heart.
V. Blood clots or tumors inside the heart.
VI. Abnormal orifices in the different chambers of the heart.
VII. Hemodynamic and pressure calculations of the various chambers.
No special preparation is needed for this test.