Echocardiogram

Kelly Ultrasound Center

Ultrasound Clinic located in Greenville, SC

Kelly Ultrasound Center is an invaluable diagnostic resource for the residents of Greenville, South Carolina. Echocardiograms are one of many imaging tools available from the board-certified practice. These tests help inform and guide heart health care and are a powerful tool in improving lives. If you or a loved one needs an echocardiogram, call the office today to check appointment availability, or request an appointment online.

Echocardiogram Q & A

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound technique used to create images of your heart. The process uses sound waves to produce an image of your heart tissue. Echocardiograms can even show how your heart is pumping blood to search for signs of heart disease or distress. 

There are various types of echocardiograms, and your doctor determines which test at Kelly Ultrasound Center is right for you.

Transthoracic echocardiogram

This test uses an external transducer pressed against your skin to direct sound waves into your chest. The handheld transducer then records the sounds that echo back, and a computer converts these echoes into real-time moving images. 

Doppler echocardiogram

A technique used in transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms, Doppler signals are the changes in pitch that sound waves make when they pass through the blood cells in your blood vessels and heart tissues. This test can evaluate the direction and speed of your blood flow. 

Why would I need an echocardiogram?

You may need an echocardiogram at Kelly Ultrasound Center to look for structural problems with your heart valves or chambers. Another common use is to try to determine if heart issues might be the reason for symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath. 

Additional issues that could prompt an echocardiogram include:

  • Palpitations
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Tachycardia or bradycardia
  • Murmur
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Abnormal electrocardiogram result

If you have questions about the role an echocardiogram could play in your diagnostic and treatment path, feel free to ask your doctor for more information. 

Is an echocardiogram painful?

There is no pain with an echocardiogram. You may experience some discomfort from having the transducer held firmly against your chest. 

Your echocardiogram only takes around 40-50 minutes to complete, and your doctor will have the results within 24-48 hours. Highly trained, board-certified physicians read all ultrasounds.

To explore how an echocardiogram can help you move toward improved heart health, call Kelly Ultrasound Center today or schedule an appointment online.