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An echocardiogram (often called “echo”) is a graphic outline of the heart’s movement. During an echocardiogram test, ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) that comes from a hand-held wand placed on your chest, is used to provide pictures of the heart’s valves and chambers and help the Cardiologist evaluate all aspects of cardiac structure and function. Echo is often combined with Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to evaluate blood flow across the heart’s valves