DR. MIGUEL CASTELLANOS, M.D, P.A.

SOUTHEAST TEXAS CARDIOLOGY

610 Strickland Dr. Suite #100

Orange, Texas 77630

(409) 886-7245

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

WHAT IS ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY?

Echocardiography, also called an echo test or heart ultrasound, is a test that takes "moving pictures" of the heart with sound waves. Dr. Castellanos may use an echo test to look at your heart's structure and check how well your heart is working. You may need an echo test if you have a heart murmur, had a heart attack, unexplained chest pains, a rheumatic fever, or a congenital heart defect.

Echo tests are done by Dr. Castellanos and can be done in our office. You will be asked to lie on a bed on your side or your back. Dr. Castellanos will put special jelly on a probe and move it over your chest area. Ultra-high-frequency sound waves will pick up images of your heart and valves. No X-rays will be used. Your heart’s movements can be seen on a video screen and a videotape or a photograph can be made of the pictures. The test is painless and has no side effects and you may watch the screen as the test is being performed.

 

The echo test will show the size and shape of your heart and how well it is working overall. It may also show if you have a wall or section of the heart that is weak, problems with a heart's valve, or if you have a blood clot. Dr. Castellanos will talk about your results if he sees these issues.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE ECHO TEST?

Dr. Castellanos will help clean the gel from your chest and discuss with you what the test and pictures have shown and if any other test or procedures may need to be performed.

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