You never want to take chances with your heart — emotionally or physically.
While we’re not in the business of relationship advice, we can help you keep your heart in top condition. When your heart needs a check-up, Dr. Asif Aziz and our team at Prestige Primary Care in Dallas, Texas, provide onsite laboratory services, including echocardiograms, to get an inside look at how your heart is functioning.
In this blog, Dr. Aziz explains the ins and outs of this essential diagnostic tool and what it reveals about your heart health.
An echocardiogram (or "echo") is a sonogram of your heart. It uses sound waves to create a moving picture of your heart and give us a sneak peek into how your heart is doing its job.
There are three kinds of echoes:
This exam is like a regular ultrasound, checking your heart through your chest wall.
We look closer at your heart by putting the ultrasound probe down your throat. It’s a little uncomfortable but not painful.
We do this when you're working up a sweat or under a bit of stress. It shows us how your heart behaves when it's put to work.
The echo procedure is pretty straightforward. You lie down, and we put some gel on your chest that helps our ultrasound instrument (the transducer) do its job. Then, Dr. Aziz moves it around your chest to take pictures of your heart from different angles. It only takes about 45 minutes.
An echo is like a detective for heart issues. It can spot problems like heart disease, valve issues, heart muscle abnormalities, and even fluid build-up around your heart. It's a powerful tool in our diagnostic arsenal that lets us catch potential heart problems before they escalate.
An echocardiogram lets us see:
These important data help us detect various heart health problems, such as:
There are two main types of valvular disease:
This is when the valves become stiff or fused, restricting the blood flow and making your heart work extra hard to pump blood through these narrow openings.
This is when the valves don't close fully, allowing the blood to leak backward, which puts additional strain on your heart as it compensates for the backflow.
An echo can spot these irregularities in your heart valves, enabling us to diagnose valvular heart disease early.
As the condition worsens, your heart weakens and can’t pump blood efficiently, leading to heart failure or irregular heartbeats. An echo spots changes in your heart muscle, so we can address them early.
An echo lets us visualize fluid build-up, helping us to diagnose the condition and develop the most effective treatment plan.
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, please don't wait. Call us right away.
Your heart's health is our priority at Prestige Primary Care. So, always stay informed, and never hesitate to reach out. Call or click to schedule an appointment.