Echocardiogram

Internal Medicine located in Inglewood, CA
Echocardiogram

Echocardiogram services offered in Inglewood, CA

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound that evaluates the structure and function of your heart. Cranford L. Scott MD, Inc, is an internal medicine practice in Inglewood, California, that offers digital echocardiograms. Dr. Scott takes a patient-centered approach to patient care, offering modern technology like an echocardiogram so he can provide efficient and accurate care. For health care that puts you in charge of your own health, call the Los Angeles office today or schedule your echocardiogram online.

Echocardiogram Q&A

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound test for the heart. It uses sound wave technology to create moving images of your heart so Dr. Scott can evaluate its structure and function. 

 

Unlike X-rays and CT scans, an echocardiogram doesn’t expose you to radiation. It’s a safe and effective imaging tool that allows Dr. Scott to assess and monitor heart health closely.

 

He may also do a Doppler ultrasound during an echocardiogram, examining the movement of blood through the heart. 

Why would I need an echocardiogram?

Dr. Scott explains why you need an echocardiogram after he completes a physical examination. At Cranford L. Scott MD, Inc, he uses modern technology that gives him the ability to properly assess your health so he can provide efficient and accurate care. 

 

You may need an echocardiogram if you have symptoms that suggest a heart condition, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness. Dr. Scott may also recommend an echocardiogram to help diagnose a heart condition such as:

 

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Heart valve disease
  • Tumors
  • Cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)
  • Pericarditis (inflammation of the pericardial — the heart sac)

 

You may also need an echocardiogram if you have a heart condition and Dr. Scott wants to monitor the effectiveness of your treatment plan.

What happens during an echocardiogram?

Dr. Scott performs your echocardiogram at the office using his digital technology. After you change into an exam gown, you relax on the ultrasound chair. 

 

The ultrasound technician places gel on the skin on your chest and moves the transducer back and forth to get the images. Unless otherwise directed,  you can resume your usual activities after the test. 

 

An echocardiogram at Cranford L. Scott MD, Inc, is quick and painless. 

What happens after an echocardiogram?

Dr. Scott talks to you about your echocardiogram and his findings. He then works with you, creating a plan to prevent or treat heart disease. 

 

Your plan may include:

 

  • Dietary services
  • An exercise program
  • Weight loss
  • Disease-specific medication
  • Smoking cessation

 

Dr. Scott schedules routine follow-up appointments to monitor your heart health, repeating the echocardiogram when necessary. 

 

To find out more about an echocardiogram at Cranford L. Scott MD, Inc, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

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