In most cases, there’s no special preparation required. You can usually eat and drink as usual. However, you may be advised to wear comfortable clothing and refrain from applying lotions or oils to your chest on the day of the test.
You will lie on an examination table, and a technician will apply gel to your chest. A transducer will be moved across your chest to obtain images of your heart. It’s a painless and non-invasive procedure.
An echocardiogram provides information about the size and shape of your heart, the function of its chambers, the strength of its contractions, and the condition of its valves. It can help diagnose heart conditions such as heart disease, heart valve problems, and more.