Features November 2013 Issue

Echocardiography Can Reveal Much, But It’s Not for Everyone

Echocardiography uses sound waves to create a moving image (left) of the heartís valves and chambers at work.

Echocardiography Can Reveal Much, But It’s Not for Everyone

New research raises questions about just who benefits from this common screening test.

An echocardiograph can provide a doctor with an informative look at your heart function. But recent research suggests that not everyone should have the screening. And if you do undergo echocardiography, itís likely you wonít see a significant change in your current treatment.

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