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Checks for long term damage to your heart (Introduced Y6)

Doctors should check to see if there has been any long term damage to the ‘pumping’ left side of the heart. These checks enable doctors to tailor treatment for each patient. This check is undertaken by an echocardiogram.


An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen.


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