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An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to produce images of the heart.
Generally, this is a safe test. However, problems may occur, including an allergic reaction to dye (contrast) that may be used during the test.
No specific preparation is needed. You may eat and drink normally.
The procedure may vary among health care providers and hospitals.
You may return to your normal, everyday life, including diet, activities, and medicines, unless your health care provider tells you not to do that.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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