Often, the first step in diagnosing heart disease is an Echocardiogram. An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to create images of your heart. This test allows us to see your heart beating and where it is and isn’t pumping blood. We use echocardiogram images to detect heart disease, malfunctioning valves, or defective chambers in your heart and determine if symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath are caused by heart disease.

Depending on the information we need, you may need one of several types of echocardiograms. Each type of echocardiogram carries little, if any, risk and does not expose the patient to any radiation.

Transthoracic Echocardiogram

A Cardiology Associate technician applies gel to an ultrasound wand, which is run along your body, emitting an ultrasound wave. The sensor records the echoes of sound waves from your cardiovascular system. The computer interprets the echo and forms an image.

Doppler Echocardiogram

Just like a weather report bounces sound waves off clouds to read the weather, a Doppler Echocardiogram uses sound waves to visualize the speed and flow of blood through your body. Doppler tests may reveal information other tests did not.

Stress Echocardiogram

Some heart conditions only occur during physical activity. Therefore, ultrasound images of your heart are taken immediately before and after you conduct exercises guided by Cardiologist Associates of South Florida specialist.

Cardiac electrophysiology

Your body has an electrical system that acts like spark plugs for the organs of your body. This test utilizes that system to identify malfunctions in your body.

Exercise Stress Test

Stress tests involve exercise led by one of our expert cardiologists. These exercises will provide us with valuable information on the functioning of your heart during exercise.

Cardiac monitors

Cardiac monitors are take-home wearable devices that record the electrical activity of your heart over some time. They are used consistently, daily, semi-daily, or context-specific and allow Cardiology Associates of South Florida to accumulate essential medical data on your heart function. This leads to a more concrete diagnosis and better treatment.

CT Scan

A CT scan is another type of imaging test that creates visuals our staff uses to diagnose heart issues. It is similar to a CAT scan or an MRI. Not all cardiovascular problems require this test.

Nuclear cardiology

This test uses safe and low-level radioactive elements to conduct non-invasive research on cardiovascular disease.