When a routine health check reveals a potential issue with your heart, your doctor may recommend ultrasounds to investigate your heart and cardiovascular system in more detail. At Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants, in Bradenton, Florida, Erick E. Calderon, MD, FACC, FSCAI, uses a variety of ultrasound techniques to examine your heart. To learn more about ultrasounds or to schedule one, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses sound waves to create an image or video of your internal organs. Your provider moves a handheld transducer over your body, and the device sends the sound waves through your tissues.
The sound waves bounce off your internal organs and are collected by the transducer, which creates a picture. This tool allows Dr. Calderon to examine your heart and circulation without having to open your body.
The team at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants uses a variety of ultrasound tests to examine different parts of your heart and cardiovascular system, including:
Dr. Calderon uses a carotid ultrasound to examine your carotid arteries for signs of any narrowing of your veins. He often uses carotid ultrasounds for patients who have coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, or have shown signs of a small stroke.
With this test, Dr. Calderon examines your abdominal aorta, the largest artery in your body. He looks for signs of aneurysmal expansion or atherosclerosis.
The renal artery duplex scan allows Dr. Calderon to study your renal arteries, which supply your kidneys with blood. He looks for signs of blockage or narrowing by monitoring the speed of your blood as it moves through these arteries.
An echocardiogram creates ultrasound images of your heart. It provides information about the structure of your heart, including detailed measurements of the chambers of your heart, wall thickness, valve morphology, and pumping function. Dr. Calderon uses echocardiograms to diagnose a variety of cardiac health issues, including congenital anomalies and leaky valves.
Ultrasounds are noninvasive procedures, and you don’t need to do anything special to prepare for your test. You may want to wear a shirt that opens in the front to allow your ultrasound technician to perform the ultrasound without having to remove your clothes.
During your ultrasound, you lay on an exam table. Your ultrasound technician applies a gel to your chest or abdomen, which helps the transducer stay in contact with your skin. They press the transducer firmly against your skin and sweep it back and forth across your body. In most cases, ultrasounds only take 30 minutes, and you can return to your regular activities immediately.
If you need a cardiovascular ultrasound, call Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants or make an appointment online today.