Cardiac Ultrasound Lab
Conveniently located to serve Danville and Antioch
The cardiac ultrasound lab in Danville at East Bay Cardiovascular and Thoracic Associates allows us to assess many aspects of heart health. Cardiac ultrasound lab studies can be used to diagnose heart disease or to monitor the effects of heart surgery or other medical treatments that affect the heart. Cardiac ultrasound is a trusted and proven method of providing patients with a timely and accurate diagnosis.
What Is a Cardiac Ultrasound?
Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to generate a moving image. “Cardiac” refers to issues relating to the heart. In a cardiac ultrasound, or echocardiogram, high frequency sound waves are directed at your heart to capture a picture of this vital organ in motion. The sound waves are translated into imagery that our specialists can use to detect and measure various heart conditions.
Why Do I Need a Cardiac Ultrasound?
If you are at risk of heart disease or your doctor suspects that your heart isn’t working properly, a cardiac ultrasound may be necessary. Our cardiac ultrasound lab studies help us identify and evaluate:
- Heart strength
- Blood flow through the heart
- Congestive heart failure
- Fluid around the heart
- Function and health of heart valves
- Shape and size of the heart
Types of Cardiac Ultrasound Diagnostics
Depending on your symptoms and medical history, you may be a good candidate for one of the following cardiac ultrasound diagnostic procedures:
- Full transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) – The standard approach for generalized study and evaluation of the heart and blood flow. It is a non-invasive outpatient procedure that usually takes less than an hour. Our technician will apply a topical gel to your chest and then move a tool called a transducer across the gel and around the whole area. The sound waves it emits bounce off your heart and other structures in the area and return to the transducer as data that can be converted to imagery by a computer.
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) – This procedure involves capturing high-resolution images of the back of the heart using a small probe that is positioned in the esophagus. Topical or intravenous anesthesia is used to keep you comfortable throughout the process.
- Stress echocardiogram – If it is necessary to see how your heart works when under stress, you may be asked to use a treadmill or stationary bike while the ultrasound is performed. Alternatively, you may be given a medication that induces the heart to function as if you were exercising.
What to Expect at My Cardiac Ultrasound Appointment
Preparation for a cardiac ultrasound varies based on the specific diagnostic you choose to have and your unique medical condition. Our team will explain any pre-appointment instructions when you schedule your ultrasound. In general, you can expect:
- To be connected to an electrocardiograph (EKG) monitor for the duration of the procedure
- That the sonographer will use a wand-like tool called a transducer to direct sound waves to your heart area
- To change positions throughout the procedure, so the sonographer can capture multiple views of your heart
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
Our cardiac ultrasound lab in Danville has helped us provide effective treatment to many patients, and we are here to support and assist you in your journey to wellness. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out the best ways to take control of your heart health.