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Purpose of the Test

This test uses high frequency sound waves to determine the size, motion and function of many structures of the heart.

Patient Instructions       


  • Take prescribed medicines unless told not to by your doctor.


  • Wear normal street clothes.

The Test

  • Once in the test room, you will lie down on a table or bed. We will place three electrodes on your chest to monitor your heart during the test.
  • We will place a probe on your chest. Sound waves will bounce off the structures of your heart and create a picture on a video screen. You will feel nothing during the test except slight pressure when the probe is placed firmly against the skin.
  • We will take several pictures of your heart. When done we give the information to the doctor for review.
  • The test time varies, but it often takes 20 to 40 minutes.

*If your echo includes a bubble study, with or without a transcranial doppler (TCD) exam, we will need to place an IV for the saline injections. Test time will be 60 to 90 minutes.

If you have any questions, please call: 
CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at 320-656-7020 or 800-448-3455