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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 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

Who Is An Ideal Candidate for An Echocardiogram?

Candidates for an echocardiogram include individuals with known or suspected heart conditions. This diagnostic tool is particularly valuable for assessing the structure and function of the heart, such as detecting abnormalities in the heart valves, chambers, or walls, as well as evaluating heart function and blood flow. Candidates may include those experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, or palpitations, which could indicate underlying heart problems. Additionally, individuals with risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease, may benefit from an echocardiogram to assess their cardiac health. Ultimately, candidates should consult with our team at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology to determine if an echocardiogram is appropriate for their specific medical condition and symptoms.

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.

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In-House Testing

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.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.