An echocardiogram is a noninvasive diagnostic test that assesses heart health and function. Dr. Dmitry Gorelik is a board-certified cardiologist and vascular specialist offering many in-house outpatient procedures, including echocardiograms. Dmitry Gorelik, MD, and the team offer this test to diagnose heart conditions and monitor treatment for heart disease. To learn more about echocardiograms, call the office in West Orange, New Jersey, or request an appointment online today.
An echocardiogram is a noninvasive ultrasound test that assesses the structure and function of your heart.
During the test, your provider places a special tool on your chest called a transducer. The transducer emits sound waves into your body, which then bounce off your organs and back to the transducer.
The sound waves are sent to a computer, which translates the information into live-action images.
Echocardiograms assess many different parameters of the heart, including strength, function, and structure.
During your appointment, Dr. Gorelik explains why you need an echocardiogram.
You may benefit from an echocardiogram if you have symptoms that indicate heart disease, such as:
You may also need an echocardiogram if you have a heart condition, such as heart failure, an arrhythmia, or congenital heart disease that requires monitoring.
Dr. Gorelik may also recommend an echocardiogram if the results of your in-office electrocardiogram (EKG) were inconclusive.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Gorelik discusses the steps you need to take to prepare for your echocardiogram. In most cases, you don’t need to make any changes to your usual routine.
However, it’s important to share your medical history with Dr. Gorelik before you have the test. This includes the types of medications and supplements you take, as well as any prior heart health history.
Your echocardiogram is an in-office procedure. Before the test, you change into an exam gown. Then, the echocardiogram technician places a special gel on your skin to improve the transducer’s conduction. You shouldn’t feel any discomfort during your echocardiogram.
The entire test takes 30 minutes or less.
There’s no downtime following an echocardiogram, and you can resume your usual activities afterward unless otherwise directed.
Dr. Gorelik may review the results of your test the day of the procedure or schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss findings and your treatment options.
For comprehensive care from an experienced and compassionate team, call the offices of Dr. Dmitry Gorelik or book an appointment online today.