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Dr Chris Steadman is an NHS and Private Consultant Cardiologist working in Poole and Bournemouth, Dorset, England.


Commonly called an 'echo', this is an ultrasound scan of the heart.

An echocardiogram uses ultrasound to examine the structure and function of the heart.

Ultrasound gel is applied to the chest wall and the heart is imaged from different positions. The examination takes approximately half-an-hour and can help diagnose many cardiac conditions, including:

  • previous heart attacks
  • heart failure
  • heart valve disease
  • heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
A Philips iE33 Echocardiography machine.

A Philips iE33 Echocardiography machine.