An echocardiogram is one of the first noninvasive tests you receive to diagnose the cause of chest pain, a fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, or other heart symptoms. The experienced team at Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, offers prompt, high-quality echocardiograms, which they conveniently perform at their imaging center. If you have questions about an echocardiogram or need to schedule an appointment, call the office in Ladson, Walterboro, or Moncks Corner, South Carolina, or use the online booking feature today.
An echocardiogram, also called an echo or sonogram, is a noninvasive test that uses ultrasound to produce detailed images of your heart. A standard echocardiogram provides information about the structures in your heart. A Doppler ultrasound shows the flow of blood and movement in the muscles and valves.
Your sonographer at Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, performs your echocardiogram using a device called a transducer or probe. The transducer sends sound waves into your body, where they bounce off tissues and return to the device. The transducer sends the information to a computer, which produces real-time images of your heart.
Echocardiograms reveal a wide range of information about your heart, including:
If you had a heart procedure or take medications for a cardiovascular condition, an echocardiogram allows your provider to evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment.
The team at Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, often uses an echocardiogram to diagnose:
After your provider diagnoses your heart condition, they use information from your echocardiogram to guide treatment decisions.
Your sonographer places a small amount of ultrasound jelly on the probe and then places the device against your skin in the area above your heart.
They move the probe around, sometimes pressing down to get the best images. You may feel pressure, but your echocardiogram should never be uncomfortable or painful.
In some cases, you may need an IV so your provider can infuse a mixture of saline and microscopic air bubbles. Your echo picks up the bubbles as they flow through your heart.
Your results may be available as soon as 24 hours after your echocardiogram. Then your cardiologist talks with you about your heart and recommends treatment.
If you have questions about echocardiograms or need to schedule an appointment, call Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, or request an appointment online today.