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The sound waves in an echocardiogram help create a moving picture of your heart. We receive information about its size and shape and how well its chambers and valves work. This imaging can also identify heart muscle where pumping has weakened because of restricted blood supply or heart attack damage. A special type of echo can evaluate the flow of blood through your heart.
Echocardiography usually takes less than an hour to complete. In addition to diagnosing heart problems, we use the imaging to:
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.