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I was asked to do a bubble test.. What is this and is it important?

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Linda Wang
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In brief: Images of the heart

An echocardiogram is a test that uses ultrasound to get images of the heart.
A bubble test is an echocardiogram plus an injection of a saline (sterile salt water) bubble into a vein in your arm. This water bubble helps to determine whether you have a defect (hole) in the wall between the chambers of your heart. It is a safe test. You should get the test based on the discretion of your physician.

In brief: Images of the heart

An echocardiogram is a test that uses ultrasound to get images of the heart.
A bubble test is an echocardiogram plus an injection of a saline (sterile salt water) bubble into a vein in your arm. This water bubble helps to determine whether you have a defect (hole) in the wall between the chambers of your heart. It is a safe test. You should get the test based on the discretion of your physician.
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