Echocardiography, also known as an ultrasound of the heart, is a diagnostic test used to examine the heart by creating images out of sound waves. This helps determine the size and shape of the heart, as well as how well the different components are functioning.
An echocardiogram is a painless procedure performed in your doctor’s office in less than an hour. The images of the heart are shown on a video monitor in real time for the doctor to review after the exam. The test is performed by a registered Cardiac Sonographer Technologist and our clinic is accredited for echocardiography by the IAC.
There are several different types of echocardiography, used to diagnose different conditions. The most common type of echocardiogram test is a transthoracic echocardiogram. In this procedure, a transducer is placed on the chest and emits high frequency sound waves to produce an ultrasound image. The results are fully analyzed by your doctor after the exam and are often used to diagnose high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, aneurysms or other heart conditions. There are no risks associated with an echocardiogram, and patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the exam.
Ricky DeSantis in London, Kentucky
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Nelson. He’s been my cardiologist since I had an aortic valve replacement in 2012. He’s very personable and professional, always listening and giving friendly advice. I live in Kentucky now but I still drive to Memphis for my checkups!