Cardiologists commonly perform echocardiograms as it is a quick, painless, and safe way to obtain a lot of useful information about your heart. For example, if you experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or have certain conditions like hypertension an echocardiogram will often be recommended. The results can let your cardiologist know if you have valve problems, damage to your heart muscle, changes to the size of your heart, or any heart defects. With this information, your doctor can create a treatment plan to address your specific concerns.
A stress echocardiogram, a combination of a stress test and an echocardiogram, is another helpful test to evaluate symptoms and determine if there are any major blockages in the coronary arteries.