If you experience symptoms of heart problems, such as chest pain, palpitations, or shortness of breath, an echocardiogram (echo) can help detect underlying conditions and monitor your heart health. Experienced concierge physician Thomas Arne Jr., DO, FACC, performs comprehensive echocardiograms and heart health screenings at Gulfshore Personalized Care in Sarasota, Florida. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about echos.
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound that uses sound waves to monitor your heart function and detect structural abnormalities, such as an enlarged heart. Dr. Arne may recommend an echocardiogram if you experience signs of cardiovascular disease or have worsening symptoms from an existing condition.
Unlike computed tomography (CT) scans, X-rays, and other imaging scans, an echocardiogram doesn’t use radiation. The procedure is non-invasive, takes less than one hour, and requires little preparation.
Gulfshore Personalized Care offers on-site echocardiogram testing, so you don’t have to travel to an off-site facility. Dr. Arne can perform the test and read your results from the comfort of his office.
Dr. Arne may recommend an echocardiogram if you experience symptoms such as:
An echocardiogram gives Dr. Arne vital information about your heart health. He may use an echocardiogram to determine how well your heart is pumping blood, identify blood clots, or detect congenital abnormalities. Echocardiogram testing can also help track and monitor existing heart conditions.
Before an echocardiogram, tell Dr. Arne if you have a pacemaker. You should also provide a list of any medications and supplements you take. Most patients don’t have to fast or undergo anesthesia before an echocardiogram. If you have an underlying medical condition, Dr. Arne may give you specific preparation instructions.
When you arrive for an echocardiogram at Gulfshore Personalized Care, remove any jewelry, glasses, dentures, or hearing aids you have. Next, Dr. Arne and his staff give you a medical gown to wear during the procedure.
Once you’re ready, you lie on your side on the exam table. Dr. Arne places adhesive electrodes to measure your heart’s electrical activity and uses a transducer probe to display images of your heart on an outside monitor. After the procedure is over, you can resume your normal activities immediately. Dr. Arne may discuss your results with you once they’re ready.
Call Gulfshore Personalized Care today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about echocardiograms.