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Echocardiogram Specialist

New York Cardiovascular Medicine

Cardiologists & Internal Medicine located in Forest Hills, NY

When symptoms such as chest pain, a rapid heartbeat, or palpitations suggest you have a heart condition, an echocardiogram is one of the first diagnostic tests performed. Dima Teitelman, MD, at New York Cardiovascular Medicine in Forest Hills, New York, does echocardiograms in the comfort of the office so you can get essential diagnostic imaging at the same time as your initial evaluation. If you have questions about your symptoms, or you want to schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

Echocardiogram Q & A

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram uses ultrasound technology to create detailed images of your heart and blood vessels. This type of imaging is safe because it uses high-frequency sound waves instead of radiation.

During an echocardiogram, your provider at New York Cardiovascular Medicine uses a device called a transducer. The transducer sends out sound waves, which safely and painlessly travel into your body.

As the waves hit structures inside your body, they bounce back to the transducer. Then the transducer sends the information to a computer, which creates real-time images.

What type of echocardiogram might I need?

You could have any of the following types of echocardiograms:

Transthoracic echocardiogram

This is a standard cardiovascular echocardiogram in which the transducer is placed against the skin of your chest over your heart.

Transesophageal echocardiogram

A transesophageal echocardiogram is done using a narrow transducer that’s gently guided down your throat. This technique produces better images because the sound waves don’t go through your skin.

Stress echocardiogram

After you have an echocardiogram, you do a stress test, and then have a second echocardiogram. The before and after images show changes in your heart’s function when it’s forced to work harder.

What information is obtained from an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram shows the size and shape of your heart muscles, blood vessels, and valves. 

The team at New York Cardiovascular Medicine can diagnose many heart conditions with an echocardiogram because the image reveals:

  • Blood clots
  • Tumors
  • Chamber size
  • Muscle wall thickness
  • Blood vessel structure
  • Valves and how they’re functioning
  • Blood flowing through your heart
  • Areas of muscle damage
  • Pumping strength
  • Fluid buildup or inflammation

A regular echocardiogram produces images of the structures, while a Doppler echocardiogram shows blood flowing through the vessels. With Doppler, your provider can see the amount of blood pumped with each heartbeat and identify any abnormal blood flow.

What heart conditions are diagnosed with an echocardiogram?

The team at New York Cardiovascular Medicine may diagnose many heart conditions, including:

  • Heart failure
  • Inflamed pericardium
  • Fluid around the heart
  • Leaky heart valves
  • Heart valve narrowing (stenosis)
  • Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
  • Atrial fibrillation and other heart arrhythmias
  • Coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis)
  • Muscle damage due to a heart attack
  • Congenital heart defects

Your provider also uses echocardiograms to plan your treatment and evaluate the effectiveness of existing treatments.

If you need to schedule an echocardiogram, call New York Cardiovascular Medicine or book an appointment online.