Good Heart Medical Group, Inc.
Board Certified Cardiologist & Interventional Cardiology located in Santa Ana, CA & Garden Grove, CA
An echocardiogram is a standard test that can help your doctor diagnose a wide range of heart conditions. If you suffer from symptoms of a heart problem, book an appointment with experienced cardiologist Amer Zarka, MD, and his team at Good Heart Medical Group, Inc., in Santa Ana and Garden Grove, California. The team specializes in comprehensive care and works with you to find the right treatment for your condition. To find out if an echocardiogram is right for you, call or schedule your appointment online today.
Echocardiogram Q & A
What happens during an echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram provides your doctor with details of your heart’s movement. Similar to an ultrasound, an echocardiogram uses high-frequency sound waves that produce images of your heart’s chambers, valves, walls, and blood vessels.
Your provider places several patches (electrodes) on your chest during the procedure. These electrodes help detect the electrical impulses in your heart.
They then move a transducer device across the electrodes on your chest to record the sound waves in your heart. The sound waves feed into a nearby computer that converts them into moving images.
The echocardiogram allows your doctor to evaluate your heart’s structure as well as the speed and direction of blood flowing in your heart.
What conditions are diagnosed with an echocardiogram?
If you suffer from symptoms of a heart problem like chest pain or shortness of breath, an echocardiogram is often one of the first tests your doctor performs. An echocardiogram helps your cardiologist identify a wide range of problems like:
- Valvular heart disease
- Damage from a heart attack
- Blood clots
- Coronary artery disease
- Aortic dissection
- Myocardial disease
Your doctor might also conduct an echocardiogram to determine how well certain medications or treatments improve your heart health. At Good Heart Medical Group, Inc., the team performs in-office echocardiograms to quickly and effectively evaluate your heart health status.
What happens after my echocardiogram?
Echocardiograms are a simple, non-invasive test, so you won’t require any downtime. In most cases, after an echocardiogram, you can return to your normal activities.
Your doctor reviews and discusses your results after the assessment. If your results are normal, then you won’t need any further evaluation. If your doctor detects any abnormalities, they may suggest additional diagnostic exams like a stress test or chest X-ray.
After your diagnosis, your doctor works with you to determine the best ways to improve your heart health. Good Heart Medical Group, Inc., specializes in comprehensive care and offers a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatments.
To schedule your echocardiogram, call one of the offices or book your appointment online today.