Cardiovascular Ultrasound

Cardiovascular Ultrasound

A cardiovascular ultrasound, also known as an echocardiogram or cardiac ultrasound, is a non-invasive imaging technique for assessing the structure and function of the heart and blood vessels. 
It utilizes high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create real-time images of the heart's chambers, valves, and surrounding structures, providing valuable diagnostic information for evaluating cardiac health. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we invest in sophisticated diagnostic tools to produce actionable insights, foster personalized treatment approaches, and improve patient outcomes. Continue reading or call Capitol Cardiology Associates to learn more about our cardiovascular ultrasound services.

Understanding the Science Behind Cardiovascular Ultrasounds

At the core of cardiovascular ultrasound lies the principle of sound wave technology. Unlike traditional X-rays or CT scans that use radiation, ultrasound harnesses high-frequency sound waves to create real-time images of the heart and blood vessels. This approach not only ensures patient safety by avoiding radiation exposure but also offers dynamic insights into cardiac function and anatomy.

The Procedure

During a cardiovascular ultrasound procedure, we apply a gel to the patient's chest to facilitate sound wave transmission. A handheld device called a transducer, which emits and receives ultrasound waves, is then placed on the gel-covered skin. 
As the transducer moves across the chest, it captures a series of images that depict the heart's chambers, valves, walls, and blood flow patterns.

Types of Cardiovascular Ultrasound

We have already mentioned the most common type of cardiovascular ultrasound, where the transducer is placed on the chest wall to obtain a comprehensive view of the heart's structure and function, but there are a few other types of cardiovascular ultrasounds worth mentioning:

  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE): TEE involves inserting a specialized transducer into the esophagus to achieve closer and clearer images of specific cardiac structures, particularly useful for assessing valve function or detecting blood clots.
  • Stress Echocardiogram: This variant evaluates the heart's response to physical exercise or pharmacological stress. It is crucial in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease and assessing cardiac function under challenging conditions.
  • Doppler Ultrasound: Often combined with echocardiography to assess blood flow through the heart and blood vessels, a Doppler ultrasound provides valuable information about blood velocity, direction, and potential abnormalities such as valve disorders.
Cardiovascular Ultrasound
Cardiovascular Ultrasound

The Clinical Significance and Application of Cardiovascular Ultrasound

In addition to its pivotal role in diagnosing various heart conditions and offering detailed insights into cardiac anatomy and function, cardiovascular ultrasound has applications in monitoring treatment response and providing guidance for procedures.
Follow-up echocardiograms track changes in cardiac structure and function over time, facilitating the assessment of treatment effectiveness, disease progression, and the need for therapeutic adjustments.
Cardiovascular ultrasound provides real-time guidance for various cardiac procedures, including cardiac catheterization, valve repairs or replacements, pericardiocentesis (fluid drainage around the heart), and intracardiac device placements, enhancing procedural precision and safety.

Consult with a Professional Today

The medical and healthcare field is rife with innovation, and it is challenging to stay at the cutting edge. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we invest in the latest technology and we are always happy to address any questions and concerns you may have. Call Capitol Cardiology Associates to schedule an appointment or arrange a walk-in as soon as possible.

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair