Echocardiography

Echocardiography involves a non-invasive

diagnostic test

that uses

ultrasound waves

to create either two-dimensional or three-dimensional images of the heart chambers, valves and surrounding structures. The images are called an

echocardiogram

. Electrocardiography is a way to diagnose, evaluate and monitor such things as: heart pumping function and output;

murmurs

; abnormal heart valves; damage to the heart muscle following a

heart attack

; infection or inflammation in the sac around the heart (

pericarditis

); infection on or around the heart valves (

infectious endocarditis

); the source of a blood clot after a

stroke

; and c

ongenital heart disease

(malformation of the heart or the large blood vessels near the heart).

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