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An echocardiogram (or echo) is an ultrasound test using high-pitched sound waves to create an image of your heart.

At Great Lakes Cardiovascular, we conduct a complete evaluation of the heart using 2-D imaging along with Doppler and color-flow Doppler ultrasound. With this type of test, we can see how your heart is beating and pumping blood to evaluate:

  • Abnormal heart sounds (murmurs or clicks)
  • Enlarged heart
  • Unexplained chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, or irregular heartbeats
  • Thickness and movement of the heart wall
  • Heart valves and artificial heart valves
  • Size and shape of the heart's chambers
  • Cardiac performance
  • Diseases such as cardiomyopathy
  • Blood clots and tumors

Prior to your echocardiogram, you will be instructed on when you should refrain from eating prior to the test. There are few, if any, special preparations required. Undergoing an echocardiogram is quick—usually within one hour—with very little to no discomfort. While you’re laying on your side, we will place small electrodes on your chest, and touch your skin using a wand with gel on the end. You may have to change positions a few time. Once the test is complete, you will be free to leave.  

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Our Great Lakes Cardiovascular Locations

12845 Broadway Street
Alden, NY 14004
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1091 Main St., Ste. 301
Buffalo, NY 14209
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100 High St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
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Bradford Regional Medical Center
116 Interstate Parkway, Ste. 21
Bradford, PA 16701
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529 Central Ave.
Dunkirk, NY 14048
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3898 Vineyard Dr. Ste. 1
Dunkirk, NY 14048
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5844 Southwestern Blvd., Ste. 100
Hamburg, NY 14048
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475 South Transit Road Ste. 200
Lockport, NY 14094
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571 10th Street, Suite 264A
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
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2223 W. State St., Ste. 120
Olean, NY 14760
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515 Main St.
Olean, NY 14760
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5959 Big Tree Rd., Ste. 102
Orchard Park, NY 14127
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400 N Main Street
Warsaw, NY 14569
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705 Maple Rd. 
Williamsville, NY 14221
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