Cardiologist located in Pomona, Montclair, & West Covina, CA
An echocardiogram is a valuable form of technology that provides detailed information about the function of your heart. Interventional cardiologist Yogesh Paliwal, MD, and his team at Indus Cardiology provide state-of-the-art echocardiogram facilities at their three locations in Pomona, Montclair, and West Covina, California, to help them diagnose the cause of heart-related symptoms. Call Indus Cardiology to find out more or book an appointment online today.
What is an echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is a type of diagnostic imaging that produces pictures of your heart using sound wave technology.
The technicians who carry out your echocardiogram at Indus Cardiology are highly trained specialists. They use a wand-like instrument called a transducer to send out sound waves at such high frequencies you can't hear them. You can't feel the sound waves either.
The sound passes through the skin and muscle on your chest but bounces back to the transducer when it hits your heart. The sound waves change in frequency as they bounce back, and the echocardiography software translates this into moving images.
The images appear on a screen, enabling your provider to see the inner workings of your heart, including the four chambers, valves, and blood vessels.
When do I need an echocardiogram?
Your provider at Indus Cardiology might recommend an echocardiogram if your symptoms indicate a possible heart condition. Building on information gained from your initial cardiology consultation, your provider can determine:
- The size of your heart
- The shape of your heart
- The thickness of the heart walls
- How well your heart is pumping blood
- The health of your heart's valves
- Whether there are any blood clots
- If you have abnormalities in any blood vessels
- The presence of holes in your heart
An echocardiogram can also identify masses or tumors and any problems with the pericardium (heart lining).
What type of echocardiogram might I need?
There are several forms of echocardiogram. Your Indus Cardiology provider advises you which one is most likely to deliver the results they need. Options include:
The standard type of echocardiogram used in most routine exams. It's entirely noninvasive, as your technician moves the transducer across the outside of your chest.
Some patients have thick muscles, layers of fat, or scar tissue that could block some sound waves during a transthoracic echocardiogram. Transesophageal echocardiogram overcomes this problem by using a transducer that goes down your throat to get closer to your heart.
This is a type of transthoracic echocardiogram. Your provider might need to see what your heart is doing when it's pumping hard, so a stress echocardiogram takes place while you exercise. If you’re too sick to get on a treadmill, there are medicines that mimic the effect of exercise.
If you have any questions about having an echocardiogram, call Indus Cardiology today for expert assistance or book an appointment online.