When you have worrisome heart symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, or an irregular heartbeat, an echocardiogram may be the first diagnostic test you receive. At Mission Heart & Vascular, Gabriel Todd Faz, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and Kiran Mangalpally, MD, perform all of their echocardiograms in the comfort of the office so you don’t have to travel to a lab, and you can count on personalized care. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Mission, Texas, or use online booking.
An echocardiogram, also called a diagnostic cardiac ultrasound, uses high-frequency sound waves to create a detailed image of your heart.
During an echocardiogram, a probe called a transducer is used to send sound waves safely and painlessly through your body, aiming toward your heart.
The sound waves bounce off structures, echo back to the transducer, and the transducer transmits them to a computer that translates them into images of the heart’s chambers, valves, walls, and blood vessels.
An echocardiogram helps your doctor at Mission Heart & Vascular diagnose the cause of heart symptoms by revealing information such as:
Since an echocardiogram provides immediate results, your doctor may be able to quickly diagnose the problem and determine the treatment you need.
There are several types of echocardiograms. Your doctor chooses the one that will provide the information needed to accurately diagnose the problem:
This is the most common type of echocardiogram. It’s performed by placing the transducer directly against your chest.
During this type of cardiac ultrasound, your doctor at Mission Heart & Vascular guides a small transducer down your throat and into the esophagus until it’s positioned right next to your heart. This allows the ultrasound to produce a better image because it doesn’t have to go through your skin.
This is a transthoracic echocardiogram that’s done after you either exercise or take medication to make your heart beat faster. A stress echocardiogram shows how well your heart performs when it’s forced to work harder.
Using either the transthoracic or transesophageal method, several ultrasound images are taken from different angles to produce a 3D image.
To schedule an appointment, call Mission Heart & Vascular or use the online booking feature.