Echocardiogram/ Stress Echocardiogram
Family Healthcare & Cardiac Center
Family Healthcare & Cardiac Center specializes in echocardiograms and stress echocardiograms. Our clinicians are devoted to serving patients with chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats, congestive heart failure, and more. Call us at (718)-439-5111 or visit us at 7404 5th Ave. Brooklyn, New York 11209 -Bay Ridge area, for more information on our heart center.
About Echocardiogram ✎
What is an echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram, also known as echocardiography, is an image of the heart produced with sound waves. It is a very common test which is given to patients who have, or may have, a heart problem. Receiving an heart`s image is very simple. The patient lies down on an exam table. Gel is applied, and then the technician moves a sonography wand back and forth across the patient's chest. The wand emits harmless sound waves that the attached computer uses to create images of the heart.
echocardiography can produce two-dimensional or three-dimensional images, and it can produce still or moving images. Your cardiologist will arrange the sounds waves to create the type of image that will help him or her the most with your specific condition.
Why do you need an Echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is a very common test that can be given for many reasons.
Your heart doctor may be interested in seeing the size and shape of your heart, or locating damaged heart tissue. A cardiologist may also want to see how powerfully your heart pumps, or how easily it relaxes. A circulatory specialist may want to know how much blood gets "stuck" inside plaque-filled arteries. Some symptoms that might lead a cardiovascular specialist to request an echocardiogram include:
Shortness of breath
Irregular heartbeat or heart murmur
Nausea, caused or worsened by exercise
Frequent tingling sensation or numbness throughout the body
Previous heart attack, heart disease, or stroke
What are the risks of an echocardiogram?
An echocardiography, like all sound-based imaging techniques, is completely safe, non-invasive, and non-toxic. No needles, surgical tools, or anesthesia are used. Patients are not exposed to any radiation through this test. For these reasons, an echocardiography is a test that can be given to patients of any age, as often as needed.
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