4 Types of Cardiology Ultrasounds

The human heart is one of the most intricate physiological phenomena. Isn’t it impressive that a single organ can power all of your other organs and muscles by delivering blood and nutrients throughout your body? 

Your heart is so powerful, but sometimes, hearts can run into issues that cause them not to beat or work properly. If your heart doesn’t beat properly, all kinds of health problems can manifest, and it’s important to nip those in the bud before they become potentially severe or fatal. 

Dr. Erick Calderon at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants offers cardiovascular ultrasounds to help understand problems with the heart. Learn how this service can assist with prevention and treatment of heart problems. 

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a type of imaging that doctors use to see inside your body. Ultrasound imaging is most often associated with pregnancy: It’s what OB/GYNs use to track the development of babies. 

Ultrasound works by sending soundwaves (that humans can’t hear) into your body. The ultrasound transducer both emits these waves and detects the echoes of the ultrasound waves, and a scanner creates 2-D images based on the echo’s return. 

The same technology can be used for different parts of the body, including the heart.

What is a cardiovascular ultrasound?

A cardiovascular ultrasound is an ultrasound that looks specifically at your heart and blood vessels. This type of imaging can be used to assess the function of different parts of your cardiovascular system. 

Types of cardiovascular ultrasounds

Dr. Calderon can perform several different types of cardiovascular ultrasounds at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants. 

Carotid ultrasound

A carotid ultrasound looks at your carotid arteries. Usually, the goal is to find out if there is plaque buildup in your carotid arteries. If combined with a Doppler ultrasound, you can even see how blood flows through those arteries. 

Abdominal aorta ultrasound

This type of ultrasound creates images of your aorta, which is the largest artery in your entire body. A abdominal aorta ultrasound can detect abdominal aorta aneurysm (AAA), which can be fatal if left untreated.  

Renal artery duplex scan

With a renal artery duplex scan, Dr. Calderon looks at the arteries in and around your kidneys. The main goal of this type of imaging is usually to detect blockage in your renal arteries.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is probably the most well-known type of cardiovascular ultrasound. This type of ultrasound takes an image of your entire heart and shows how it beats and pumps blood. Patients get echocardiograms for all sorts of reasons, such as checking for congenital heart defects.

Contact Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants with any questions about cardiovascular ultrasounds by calling 941-404-7958 or sending a message to our team through our messaging platform. To schedule an appointment, give us a call or book online.

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