Each year, about 10 million Americans undergo echocardiography. This diagnostic imaging procedure provides critical insights about your heart health, playing an important role in guiding treatment. At New York Specialty Clinics, serving patients of Astoria, Queens and Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, and Marine Park/Flatlands of Brooklyn, the team of expert physicians provides echocardiography onsite. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest New York City office or book online today.
Echocardiography is a diagnostic test that uses soundwaves to produce images of your heart in real-time. This type of screening allows the team at New York Specialty Clinics to monitor your heart and heart valve function.
Echocardiography plays a crucial role in determining heart health, especially after a heart attack. It can also diagnose heart abnormalities or defects in unborn babies.
At New York Specialty Clinics, the team uses echocardiography to diagnose various heart-related health problems, including:
The team might also recommend echocardiography if they suspect a problem with the pumping or relaxation functions of your heart.
The team at New York Specialty Clinics offers several types of echocardiography, including:
Transthoracic echocardiography is pain-free and entirely non-invasive. During treatment, your provider places a device called a transducer on top of your chest. The transducer emits high-frequency sound waves through your chest toward your heart. The sound waves bounce back, and a computer interprets them into live images.
If a transthoracic echocardiogram doesn’t provide enough information to make a diagnosis, the team at New York Specialty Clinics might recommend a transesophageal echocardiogram.
Before insertion, your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your throat and gag reflex. Once the anesthesia sets in, they feed a small transducer through your mouth and down your throat until it’s directly behind your heart. This allows your provider to see the chambers in your heart in greater detail.
If the team suspects you have an exercise-related heart problem, they might recommend a stress echocardiogram. This procedure is very similar to transthoracic echocardiography. The only difference is that you exercise or take medication to make your heart beat faster before the exam.
Following your echocardiogram, it takes 20-30 minutes for your New York Specialty Clinics provider to measure and interpret the images. If your provider detects any abnormalities or areas of concern, they can refer you to a cardiologist. Your provider might also recommend undergoing several other diagnostic tests.
To learn more about echocardiography, schedule an appointment at New York Specialty Clinics. Call the nearest office or book online today.
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