Echocardiogram in West Bridgewater, MA
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What Is an Echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart that reveals details about your heart’s function and structure. High-frequency sound waves from a handheld ultrasound wand are directed over your chest to create an image of the heart and its valves and chambers. At Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology, board-certified cardiologist Dr. John K. Terzian may combine ultrasound techniques, including Doppler, to evaluate blood flow within the heart. Dr. Terzian performs all cardiac tests on-site at our West Bridgewater, MA office. Contact our cardiac care team to schedule your appointment today.
What to Expect from an Echocardiogram
The most common echocardiogram is a transthoracic echocardiogram. This procedure requires patients to either remove clothing on the upper half of the body or wear a hospital gown before lying down on their left side. Our cardiac testing team will attach several sticky sensors or electrodes to your chest. These electrodes will be connected to a machine that will monitor heart rhythm and other activities. A lubricating gel, which will feel cold on your skin, will be applied over the chest before the ultrasound wand begins its probe. High-frequency sound waves will echo in the body to display and record an image of the heart. You may hear a swishing noise while Dr. Terzian holds and glides the device over your chest. That sound is the blood flow through the heart. An echocardiogram takes 15 minutes to an hour to show the heart in detail.
What Are the Benefits of an Echocardiogram?
When patients in Bridgewater, MA are possibly suffering from issues within the cardiovascular system, an echocardiogram can be an incredibly beneficial option for diagnosis. Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology recognizes a number of benefits associated with echocardiograms, including:
- Provides an accurate identification of the heart's function and structure
- Completely noninvasive
- No downtime
- Treatments can be as short as 15 minutes
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I was pleasantly surprised with my visit. I don't know what I expected but the Doctor was very thorough and asked many questions, which I loved. He did seem concerned and wanted to cover all my concerns. The front desk staff was ok. Overall I had a great experience.
Dr. John has been my doctor for four plus years and he always provides the best care for whatever is it that I need. The visits are extremely accommodating and the in person appointments are always efficient and quick. Very clean and spacious office as well. The staff are always welcoming. Thank you so much for all that you do for me!!
Great provider. Listens to all concerns and orders necessary tests. Always punctual. And has a great bedside manner. Have been their patient for the past five years. Highly recommend.
He explained to my husband and myself what we were facing. Also, his personality and bedside manner was superb. Not worried about this procedure at this time. Just waiting to have it scheduled. Office staff up front were caring and polite. Just be glad when all is done and over.
Dr John has been my Cardiologist for many years. He never acts hurried to move me along. The care I have gotten is exceptional!
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If you are in need of cardiac treatment or diagnostic services, our team at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology in West Bridgewater, MA can accommodate your needs with our in-house testing and monitoring setting. We use state-of-the-art technology, an on-site laboratory, and a board-certified physician to tend to each patient’s well-being. Schedule an appointment with our expert team today.
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Is an echocardiogram painful?
No, echocardiograms are generally painless. A gel is applied to the chest to improve sound wave transmission, and a handheld device called a transducer is moved over the area to capture images.
Is there any preparation required?
Generally, no special preparation is needed for a transthoracic echocardiogram. However, for a transesophageal echocardiogram, you may be asked to fast and avoid certain medications.
How soon will I get the results?
After undergoing an echocardiogram, Dr. Terzian will usually review the captured images and prepare a detailed report. The timeline for receiving these results can vary but is generally quite quick — often within a few days after the test. Once the analysis is complete, your healthcare provider will schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the findings with you and explore any next steps or treatment options that may be necessary.