Ultrasound testing provides a safe and non-invasive way to assess the health of your heart and circulatory system. At Heart Care Centers of Florida, the caring providers offer ultrasound testing on an outpatient basis. To make an appointment at the practice in Titusville, New Smyrna Beach, or Merritt Island, Florida, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.
Ultrasound testing uses high-frequency sound waves to capture real-time images of your organs, soft tissues, and other internal structures. It’s entirely noninvasive, pain-free, and uses no radiation, making it safe for pregnant people.
An ultrasound test of the heart is called an echocardiogram. Your provider at Heart Care Centers of Florida might recommend ultrasound testing if they suspect an underlying condition, like valve disease or a congenital condition.
Heart Care Centers of Florida uses ultrasound testing to:
Before recommending ultrasound testing, your Heart Care Centers of Florida provider reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a physical exam.
Heart Care Centers of Florida conducts ultrasound testing on-site in a diagnostic imaging suite. Before the ultrasound begins, you change into a hospital gown and sit down on an exam table. Your provider attaches three small electrodes to your chest and asks you to lie down.
Once you’re in position, your provider runs a small handheld device called a transducer over your skin. To help the transducer move smoothly, your provider applies a water-based gel to your chest.
The transducer emits high-frequency sound waves that penetrate your skin and bounce off your organs and internal structures. The sound waves provide a live feed of your heart and heart valves that your provider uses to diagnose heart disease.
Ultrasound testing typically takes less than 40 minutes and is pain-free. You might have to change position several times or hold your breath, so your provider can get a better look at your heart.
You receive the results of your ultrasound test about a week after the procedure. During your follow-up appointment, your Heart Care Centers of Florida provider explains the results of your electrocardiogram and makes recommendations for treatment.
Usually, that includes a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medication, and routine check-ups. Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to improve your cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of a heart attack or a stroke.
To learn more about ultrasound testing, make an appointment at Heart Care Centers of Florida by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking feature today.