A cardiac ultrasound is an increasingly popular test option for doctors to rely on. This is because of its effectiveness, as well as its inexpensiveness and availability. There are no portable units available, which means a cardiac ultrasound can be performed anywhere, from the Arctic to the sports field and even in space (yes, seriously).
1. Early Diagnosis
Having a cardiac-ultrasound is one way that doctors can reach an early diagnosis. There are a variety of different types of cardiac ultrasounds, but one common choice for detecting early issues in the heart is a stress test. Any signs of heart disease, no matter your age, could spur your doctor to order an ultrasound. Those symptoms include neck pain, shortness of breath or chest pain.
Because it is so efficient in detecting issues it can catch blood flow issues, blockages, and a whole host of other issues. Of course, an early diagnosis means doctors can take steps to treat the issue and if you are managing it properly this can prevent a heart attack.
2. Blood Clots
A cardiac-ultrasound can detect whether there are any blood clots within the chambers of the heart. This suggests the presence of a blockage, which can lead to a stroke or a heart attack.
Any presence of infection in the heart can weaken it and lead to a stroke or heart attack. Detecting this early is the key to preventing the latter from occurring.
4. Blood Vessels
There are large blood vessels which both leave and enter the heart and if there is a problem with them it can affect the supply of blood to your heart. The earlier the doctor finds a problem like this the quicker they can fix it, whether with medication or a stent and prevent a heart attack from afflicting their patients.
5. Movement & More
The biggest benefit of a cardiac-ultrasound is the doctor can look at the shape and size of your heart, as well as the thickness, size, and movement of the walls of your heart and how it moves. This is key in detecting issues as early as possible.
That’s not all a cardiac ultrasound can do, though, it also watches how your heart pumps, whether the valves are functioning properly, how the blood is moving, whether your values are narrowing, it can detect whether there’s a growth or tumor around the valves of the heart, find holes, and whether there’s an issue with the outer lining. It allows doctors to help their patients maintain ultimate heart health and find adequate courses of treatment to ensure their patients never suffer from a heart attack.
The test will be carried out by a doctor or a technician and can be carried out anywhere. It takes less than an hour and is non-invasive. You will need to remove your shirt as gel will be placed on your chest before the probe can be run across it to capture images of the area. If your ultrasound is completed by a technician you won’t get the results immediately, however, if it’s a doctor, you may learn more at the time.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death across America and we can do better.