Echocardiography is an advanced approach to heart imaging, and Capitol Cardiology Associates makes it easy and convenient. At offices in Lanham, Bowie, Camp Springs, Silver Spring, Laurel, and Largo, Maryland, the experienced cardiology providers offer on-site echocardiography to help detect and diagnose problems with the heart. Book your appointment online or call the office nearest you to schedule today.
Echocardiography is a test that uses sound waves to produce a detailed moving image of your heart. An echocardiogram can help in the examination and diagnosis of problems in and around your heart, including the heart, heart valves, and arteries.
Your Capitol Cardiology Associates provider may recommend an echocardiogram if you have symptoms of cardiovascular disease, such as difficulty breathing and chest pain.
Or, if your provider may order an echocardiogram if they suspect a problem like heart valve disease, cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart), or other issues.
Additionally, echocardiograms can help your cardiologist monitor a known heart issue.
Capitol Cardiology Associates offers several types of echocardiography.
In transesophageal echocardiography, a thin tube with a tiny probe at the tip gathers images of your heart. The probe goes through your mouth and down your esophagus, where it’s at the top of the heart.
In stress echocardiography, your technician performs an echocardiogram before and after you exercise on a stationary bike or treadmill.
Both transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms often use Doppler techniques, which means they assess the blood flow (including its direction and speed). Doppler ultrasounds are particularly helpful in detecting issues within the arteries that traditional approaches might not show.
Each type of echocardiography excels in its own areas; your cardiologist will recommend the approach that provides the most comprehensive information.
Each type of echocardiogram can require different preparation. Some tests require fasting for at least three hours prior to the procedure while others don’t require any special preparation. You’ll receive sedation for a transesophageal echocardiogram, so you must plan for a friend or loved one to drive you home afterward.
If you’re taking any prescription medications, discuss them with your provider before the test. You may need to make some temporary medication changes for a day or so.
Your Capitol Cardiology Associates provider gives you complete instructions ahead of your echocardiography appointment.
Capitol Cardiology Associates sets the standard for heart care in Maryland. If you need an echocardiogram, call the office nearest you or click on the online booking link now.