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Echocardiogram

If you suffer from chest pain or other symptoms of a cardiovascular problem, you may need an echocardiogram. At Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA, the cardiology specialists use advanced echocardiogram technology to get a close-up look at the structures of your heart to identify damage and disease. To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of an echocardiogram, call the Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA office in Brandon, Sun City Center, Riverview, or Tampa, Florida, today. You can also book an appointment online.


Echocardiogram Q & A


What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is a diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a graphic outline of your heart’s movements.

This procedure can provide the Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA physicians with valuable information about your heart health, including:

  • Heart valve dysfunction
  • Heart defects or damage
  • Change in the size of your heart
  • Blood-pumping strength

You might need an echocardiogram if you have chest pain or other unexplained symptoms that could point to heart disease or another serious condition. The providers also use an echocardiogram to determine if a heart medication you’re taking is working as it should.

What happens during an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is a nonsurgical, in-office procedure that requires no special preparation. You should continue to take all of your usual medications before the test unless your provider tells you otherwise.

Your provider places electrodes on your chest at the start of your procedure. These electrodes attach to an electrocardiography (EKG) machine that records the electrical activity of your heart.

Once the electrodes are in place, your provider will place a hand-held transducer over your heart. They usually apply a gel onto the device to allow it to glide easily across your skin. 

The transducer sends sound waves through your skin to your heart. These sound waves bounce back to the transducer to create images of your heart’s structures.

You might at times need to switch positions or hold your breath during the test, but you should feel no discomfort.

How long does it take to get the results of an echocardiogram?

The Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA cardiologists review your test results during your appointment. If you need additional diagnostic testing, they’ll discuss this with you. Otherwise, you can expect to go home after your appointment without any restrictions.

If the echocardiogram detects heart disease or damage, your cardiologist will customize a treatment plan to manage your condition. They offer many treatment choices for cardiovascular conditions like coronary artery disease (CAD) that can affect your heart’s long-term health and function.

Call the Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA office nearest you today or book a consultation online to learn if you’re a candidate for an echocardiogram.

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