We may recommend an echocardiogram test if we suspect problems with your heart valves or chambers or if you’re experiencing heart-related symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pains. An echocardiogram test uses sound waves that allow us to take images of your heart pumping. This is a noninvasive procedure performed in our office in which we use electrodes to press a device called a transducer firmly on your chest so that it can record sound waves from your heart and generate images for us to view on a monitor.
A cardiologist will review the images to identify any abnormalities, such as blood clots, fluid in the sac surrounding the heart, muscle damage, enlarged heart size, decreased pumping strength, valve issues and more. Based on these results, we’ll create a treatment plan for you, whether that’s a referral for a cardiologist, additional testing, exercise, etc.
The most common type of echocardiography is transthoracic echocardiography, which is what we perform at Physician’s Health & Wellness. There are virtually no side effects associated with this test as it does not use radiation like other imaging techniques, such as X-rays.
Carotid Artery Screening
Carotid artery disease occurs when fat, calcium and cholesterol, i.e. plaque, builds up along the walls of the carotid arteries, which are located on either side of your neck, eventually causing atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and putting you at risk of having a stroke. Our carotid artery screening test will help us detect disease or the potential for disease early, making treatment or preventive care much more effective.
We may recommend that you have a carotid artery screening test if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, family history of stroke or heart disease, recent stroke or an abnormal sound in your carotid arteries. Early detection and treatment of buildup in your carotid arteries can decrease your risk of stroke significantly.
This is a noninvasive procedure performed in our office, in which we use an ultrasound machine to view real-time images of your arteries and identify any buildup. During the procedure, we’ll have you lie on your back, apply warm gel on the sides of your neck where your carotid arteries are located and press the transducer gently into each artery. You should not feel any discomfort during the ultrasound. Depending on the results, we may recommend additional testing such as a stress test or abdominal ultrasound or a treatment plan that includes diet changes, regular exercise or certain medications.
Learn more about the carotid artery screening test and echocardiogram test at Physicians Health & Wellness. Call 212.838.8265 or use our Request an Appointment form. We welcome patients from New York, Manhattan, Midtown, Queens, the Bronx and neighboring areas.