Cardiac Ultrasound and Carotid Ultrasounds
Being told that you need a cardiac ultrasound or a carotid ultrasound can be very frightening. Both procedures can leave a patient worried about their heart or the potential for a stroke. We understand how getting news like this could scare our patients. We want to help you get through this difficult time which is why we do cardiac and carotid ultrasounds in our office. You won’t have to wait for weeks to months for an appointment in some foreign office somewhere in San Diego with staff that you don’t know and they don’t know you. We want to make this process as easy as possible and get you on track to feeling great again.
Cardiac Ultrasounds, also known as echocardiograms are a non-invasive way for your doctor to examine your heart. The imaging is done on an outpatient basis and usually just requires a few hours out of your day. The procedure is done using a probe that uses high frequency sound waves that can create an image of your heart. Your doctor can use this data to measure the efficiency of your heart, the appearance of any murmurs or other anomalies. Although the idea of having a cardiac ultrasound can be very intimidating the information your doctor can gain could save your life. So take a deep breath and know that we are here to make this process as easy as possible.
Carotid ultrasounds are used to examine the carotid arteries in your neck. Just like in the cardiac ultrasound a probe that uses high frequency sound waves will be used to map the flow of blood from your heart to your brain. The results of this test can help your doctor determine if you have a clot that could lead to a stroke or other problems that compromise your health. A carotid ultrasound can be performed fairly quickly and is non-invasive so after your imaging is complete you will be able to get back to your routine.
We know you might be feeling a little nervous right now but you don’t have to go through this alone. Give us a call and we can walk you through your specific procedure and help you get ready for the next steps to getting well. Our centrally located office in San Diego will make getting your cardiac or carotid ultrasound done quickly and conveniently.