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What an Echocardiogram Can Reveal About Your Heart

What an Echocardiogram Can Reveal About Your Heart

An echocardiogram is often the first diagnostic test patients undergo when experiencing common signs of a heart condition. The procedure is safe, painless, and performed right in the office at Internal Medicine Practices, with locations in both Lady Lake and Travares, FL.

Here the team of experts at Internal Medicine Practices explains how an echocardiogram works and what it can reveal about your heart.

What an echocardiogram shows 

An echocardiogram is a form of ultrasound, which means images are produced via safe sound waves in real-time. Your doctor immediately sees the size and shape of your heart and the blood traveling through your vessels to your heart.

Thanks to the exceptional detail, these images reveal much about the state of heart, including:

There are several types of echocardiograms. Depending on your symptoms and medical history your physician will select one or more of the following:

M-mode echocardiography

An M-mode, or one-dimensional echocardiogram, is one beam of ultrasound directed toward the heart. Doctors most often use M-mode echocardiography to see just the left side (or main pumping chamber) of your heart.

Two-dimensional echocardiography

A 2D echocardiogram produces a broader live moving image of your heart. It is one of the most important diagnostic tools in determining the cause of heart problems.

Doppler echocardiography 

A Doppler echocardiogram shows blood flowing through the arteries. It is used to determine the amount of blood pumped with every heartbeat and to detect abnormal blood flow.

Heart problems diagnosed with echocardiograms

After the cause of your symptoms is diagnosed, future echocardiogram procedures will likely be used to monitor the effectiveness of your ongoing treatment.

Among the heart conditions detected by an echocardiogram include:

An echocardiogram is also often ordered to evaluate the health of your heart and blood vessels following a heart attack or stroke.

To learn more about echocardiograms or to schedule an appointment, call Internal Medicine Practices or request an appointment online today.

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