More than 30 million adults in the United States have heart disease, which is the most common cause of death for both men and women in the country. At Sierra Rose Family Physicians Medical Group, Inc. in Roseville, California, board-certified family medicine physicians Ernestina Agresti, DO, and Linda Agresti, DO, take a preventive approach to health and offer onsite echocardiogram testing to assess heart health and risk of disease. To learn more about an echocardiogram, make an appointment with the primary care physicians today by calling the office.

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What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is a noninvasive procedure that uses ultrasound technology to evaluate the structure and function of your heart. The safe and painless test allows your primary care physician at Sierra Rose Family Physicians Medical Group, Inc. to see how your heart beats and pumps blood through each of the chambers.

Why would I need an echocardiogram?

Your primary care physician at Sierra Rose Family Physicians Medical Group, Inc. explains why you need an echocardiogram during your office visit. The test may be recommended to confirm or rule out a heart condition, such as:

  • Valve disease
  • Pericardial disease
  • Myocardial disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Cardiac mass

Your provider may also recommend an echocardiogram to evaluate the general function of your heart or assess the effectiveness of any cardiac-related medical interventions.

How do I prepare for an echocardiogram?

The primary care physicians provide specific instructions on what you need to do to prepare for your echocardiogram at your office visit. In most cases, no special preparation is needed. You can eat and drink normally and take your medications as scheduled, unless directed otherwise.

What happens during an echocardiogram?

Sierra Rose Family Physicians Medical Group, Inc. performs your echocardiogram at the office, which usually takes less than an hour. Before your test, your provider requests you change into a hospital gown.

Then, your provider attaches electrodes to specific areas on your chest, which are hooked up to an electrocardiogram that monitors your heart’s electrical activity. After applying a special gel to your skin to improve sound wave conduction, your provider places the ultrasound transducer on your chest.

The transducer transmits sound waves into your chest and records the echo. A computer converts the echo into moving images displayed on the computer monitor.

Your provider may ask you to adjust your position or hold your breath during your echocardiogram. After your test, your primary care physician reviews the results with you and provides further recommendations, which may include a referral to specialists if needed.

You can resume your usual activities after your echocardiogram.

For comprehensive primary care from a team that specializes in your heart health, contact Sierra Rose Family Physicians Medical Group, Inc. by phone.