This is a simple office test that uses ultrasound to image the heart. The test provides a detailed analysis of the structure and function of the heart. The information provided includes: size and thickness of the walls of the heart, the strength of the heart muscle as a pump and birth defects of the heart. It assesses heart valves for blockage or leakage, or follows the function of artificial valves. The echo allows the physician to see how your heart is working and determine if it could be causing symptoms. In essence an echocardiogram provides vital information that is necessary in most patients with known heart disease or patients with symptoms that suggest it. Coastal Cardiology has the latest equipment available, as well as caring and skillful technologists who operate it.