Cardiac Imaging An Overview
At Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institue we offer a complete range of diagnostic cardiac imagining services. Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institue is home to experienced, highly trained physicians who are committed to providing advanced diagnostic testing to diagnose and address various cardiac conditions.
Our physicians may perform one or a series of tests to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms. Diagnostic cardiac testing also allows your physician to develop the most appropriate treatment plan to address your cardiac condition.
Cardiac Imaging What to Expect
Echocardiogram, also referred to as an echo, is a test that uses sound waves to create live imaging of your heart. An echocardiogram is essentially a diagnostic cardiac ultrasound. Using sound waves, an echocardiogram displays pictures of the heart chamber, valves walls, and blood vessels attached to the heart. An echocardiogram is typically performed in one office visit and takes approximately an hour.
Why is an echocardiogram performed?
An echocardiogram test measures how well your heart function and the overall structure of your health. An echocardiogram helps your doctor:
- Check the size, thickness, and movement of the heart.
- Measure the pumping efficiency of the heart
- Determine if the heart valves and chambers are working properly
- Identify any abnormal growths near or in the heart (i.e. tumors, holes, blood clots, or masses)
- Identify issues with the blood vessels around or in the heart
What To Expect
An echocardiogram is performed by a highly trained technician. Your technician places small electrodes on your chest which are is connected to the electrocardiograph machine. Your technician will apply gel to your chest and gently pass a probe across your chest. The probe produces sound waves that produce pictures and video of the heart in its current form. Once completed, your physician will interpret the reading and determine if further testing or treatment is needed.