An echocardiogram is one of several diagnostic tests that can reveal important information about your heart health. Dr. Alberto Chavira in San Marcos, California, is a highly experienced cardiologist who provides quality testing, including echocardiograms to evaluation your heart muscle. Dr. Chavira is dedicated to providing a comprehensive approach to help you manage existing conditions, live a healthier lifestyle, and lower your heart disease risks. Call his office or book online to start improving your heart health today.
An echocardiogram, or echo, is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to create detailed images of your heart. An echocardiogram can reveal changes in your heart size, the pumping strength of your heart, any damage to your heart muscle, problems with the valves, and certain heart defects.
Dr. Chavira uses echocardiograms and other non-invasive tests to evaluate your heart health and diagnose heart disease.
Dr. Chavira might recommend an echocardiogram to check for problems with your heart valves or heart chambers. If you have worrisome symptoms, such as shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, or chest pain, Dr. Chavira might suggest an echocardiogram to check if heart problems are the cause of your symptoms and get to the underlying cause.
There are several types of echocardiogram that may be sued, depending on the information Dr. Chavira needs to obtain, but these are the two main types:
In this standard echocardiogram, a technician (sonographer) aims ultrasound beams through your chest to your heart. The transducer records the sound wave echoes from your heart and transmits them to a computer that converts the echoes into moving images on a special monitor. It works the same way that ultrasounds of babies in utero work.
Some heart problems only occur during physical activity. With a stress echocardiogram, Dr. Chavira captures ultrasound images before and after you walk on a treadmill.
If you’re not able to exercise, you might receive a “chemical” stress echocardiogram.
Most echocardiograms are completed in an hour or less. You can return to your day right after your echocardiogram.
Find out if you need an echocardiogram by calling or booking a consultation online with Dr. Alberto Chavira today.