Bethel Medical Associates LLC

Internists & Pediatricians located in Rockland County, New City, NY

Heart disease is the number one killer of adult men and women in America. You can stay on top of your heart health with an echocardiogram. Dr. Stanley John offers outpatient echocardiograms at Bethel Medical Associates to decipher your risk for heart disease. If you’re looking for echocardiogram options in the New City, New York area, call the clinic or use the online booking option today.

Echocardiogram Q & A

Bethel Medical Associates LLC

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is an evaluation of your heart which uses ultrasound waves to take pictures of the organ’s function and anatomy. The sound waves from the ultrasound bounce off your heart tissues and produce pictures of the organ on a screen.

This heart test is painless and safe. Unlike X-rays, echocardiograms don’t involve radiation. You also won’t need to make any special dietary adjustments or physical preparations before an echocardiogram.

When would I need an echocardiogram?

Dr. John may suggest an echocardiogram in the following circumstances:

  • He suspects you’ve had a heart attack and wants to evaluate the damage
  • He detects an irregular heartbeat and wants to inspect your heart structure further
  • He wants to evaluate your heart for signs of heart disease
  • He needs to assess the status of existing heart disease and treatment effectiveness

What happens during an echocardiogram?

First, you lie down on the exam table, and the sonographer attaches electrodes to your chest. The electrodes track your heartbeat through an electrocardiogram during the procedure.

If you’ve ever experienced or witnessed a pregnancy ultrasound, then you already have a good idea about what to expect during the actual echocardiogram. An ultrasound technician spreads the same type of gel on your chest and uses a similar probe to see inside your heart.

During the test, the technician passes the probe over your chest from different directions while viewing images of your heart on the ultrasound screen. He or she stops the ultrasound imagery frequently to record snapshots for your doctor. The technician may adjust your body position or have you hold your breath at different times during the test to modify their viewpoint.

The test takes up to an hour to complete, after which the technician cleans the gel and removes the electrodes from your body. Then, he or she sends the ultrasound images to your doctor for review. Once Dr. John analyzes the imagery, he contacts you with the results.

If you need to schedule an echocardiogram, use the online scheduler or make a call to Bethel Medical Associates.