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When might I need an echocardiogram if I have asthma?

Paul M. Ehrlich, MD
Allergy & Immunology
In some cases, wheezing or other asthmatic symptoms may have a heart-related or cardiac component. If an underlying heart condition is suspected, the physician may recommend a test known as a cardiac ultrasound or echocardiogram. Usually performed by a heart specialist known as a cardiologist, this test is not invasive or painful and can be performed in less than half an hour. The test involves a vibrating device placed on the patient's chest that uses sound waves to create moving images of the heart and its chambers. The cardiologist can determine if the heart is functioning properly, or if abnormalities in its function are contributing to a patient's breathing symptoms.
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