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Typical Cost of Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is a medical procedure performed by technicians who use a machine to take an ultrasound of your heart. People who have heart problems are strong candidates for echocardiograms.


Features

The cost of an echocardiogram depends on several factors.

Echocardiograms are able to detect blood clots, pressure inside the heart, heart size and blood flow, among other thingsYou will spend significantly less on an echocardiogram if you carry health insurance.  CHFpatientscom states that in 99 percent of echocardiograms costs are completely covered by health insurance.


Geography

If for some reason your insurance company does not cover the cost of your echocardiogram, expect to pay between $500 and $1,000 for the procedure.  This cost varies due to your location and the setting of where you are having the test done---in a hospital or in an outpatient clinic.


Considerations

Echocardiogram results are not always completely accurate.  According to CHFpatientscom, there is no accepted standard for interpreting results, and a single echocardiogram may yield contrasting conclusions depending on the interpreter.

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