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Echocardiogram Specialist

South Orange Avenue Medical Associates

Internal Medicine & Interventional Cardiology located in South Orange, NJ, East Orange, NJ, & Newark, NJ

When it comes to assessing heart health, there are many noninvasive tools that can provide valuable information. At South Orange Avenue Medical Associates, the team offers many in-house cardiac tests including the echocardiogram, which uses ultrasound technology to generate images of your heart. To learn more about the echocardiogram or to schedule an appointment with the interventional cardiologists, call the South Orange, New Jersey, office today.

Echocardiogram

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is a noninvasive cardiac test that uses ultrasound imaging to create pictures and video of your heart. The test allows the team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates to see how your heart beats and pumps blood through the chambers to evaluate for signs of heart disease. 

Your echocardiogram may be able to provide information, including:

  • The strength of your heartbeat
  • Size of your heart
  • Heart defects
  • Damage to the muscles of your heart
  • Valve issues

The information gathered during your echocardiogram helps the team direct your treatment plan.

 

Why would I need an echocardiogram?

The team at South Orange Avenue Associates explains why you need an echocardiogram during a consultation. Some of the reasons the test may be ordered include:

  • To diagnose a congenital heart defect
  • To evaluate the chambers and valves in your heart
  • To assess heart function

The type of echocardiogram you need may also determine the reason for the exam. For example, a stress echocardiogram assesses heart health during activity and may be used to look for blockages in your arteries. A doppler echocardiogram monitors the flow and speed of blood through your heart to evaluate overall function of your heart.

 

How do I prepare for an echocardiogram?

The team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates provides specific information on how you prepare for your echocardiogram. In most cases, no special preparation is necessary. However, with certain types of echocardiograms, you may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for a set period of time prior to the test. 

 

What can I expect during an echocardiogram?

The team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates performs your echocardiogram at the office. You will need to take your shirt off for the procedure. 

Once you’re ready, the team has you lie back on the exam table and so they can attach electrodes to various spots on your body. Then, a special gel is applied to your chest, which improves imaging, as well as the movement of the ultrasound wand along your skin. The technician performing your echocardiogram moves the wand over your chest to capture the images. 

The entire test takes an hour or less. Unless directed otherwise, you should be able to resume your usual activities after your echocardiogram. The team reviews the results of your echocardiogram and develops the most appropriate treatment plan to maintain or improve heart health. 

To learn more about the echocardiogram or to schedule your test, call South Orange Avenue Medical Associates today.