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An echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart that looks at how well the heart is pumping.  A probe is rubbed over your chest which shows a moving picture of your heart beating on a TV screen.  It is the same kind of scan that pregnant mothers get to see their baby during pregnancy.  The test is painless and takes about 10-20 minutes.

The test can tell your doctor is if there are any clots in your heart.  If clots are present, your doctor can give you treatment to lower the chances of the clots being pumped out into your blood stream.