This test may be needed if...
- You have a heart murmur.
- You have had a heart attack.
- You have unexplained chest pains.
- You have had rheumatic fever.
- You have a congenital heart defect.
Echocardiography, likewise called an echo test or heart ultrasound, is a test that takes moving pictures of the heart with sound waves. You don't admit to stay in the hospital. Its not surgery and does not hurt.