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Echocardiogram Specialist

Marion Physician Associates, P.A.

Primary Care Practice & Cardiology located in Ocala, FL

Protecting your heart health is a priority for the team at Marion Physician Associates, P.A. At their offices in Ocala, Florida, the experienced medical team offers on-site diagnostic testing for heart-related conditions, using state-of-the-art echocardiogram technology. The staff performs diagnostic testing in-house to give you the answers you need about your heart function and overall health. If you have a family history of heart disease or develop heart-related symptoms, schedule an echocardiogram and an evaluation today at Marion Physician Associates online or by calling the office nearest you.

Echocardiogram Q & A

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is a noninvasive diagnostic test that monitors the movements of your heart. The test uses high-frequency ultrasound waves that bounce off the heart and back to a monitor.

The sound waves create images of the structure of your heart, including the chambers and valves, in which your Marion Physician Associates provider evaluates for signs of heart trouble.

Why do I need an echocardiogram?

The staff at Marion Physician Associates offers comprehensive, on-site cardiology services to quickly identify the cause of unexplained, heart-related symptoms or to evaluate the health of your heart in general.

Your doctor may recommend an echocardiogram for a variety of reasons, including to:

  • Assess heart function
  • Evaluate heart valve disease
  • Monitor the effectiveness of heart-related treatments

The team also uses echocardiograms to identify different types of heart disease, including congenital heart disease, masses on the heart, and infections.

What can I expect during an echocardiogram?

The Marion Physician Associates team performs echocardiograms in a relaxed office environment. There’s nothing you need to do to prepare for your test.

You can expect to lie on an exam table, and your provider attaches three electrodes on your chest. These electrodes connect to an electrocardiograph (EKG) machine that tracks the electrical activity in your heart during your echocardiogram.

Your Marion Physician Associates provider applies a gel to your skin to help the hand-held wand move easily over your heart. The gel also ensures the wand is able to capture the clearest images of your heart structures.

An echocardiogram is painless. There may be slight pressure as your provider pushes down on the wand, but you won’t need any anesthesia. Following your test, you can go back to your usual activities without any recovery or limitations.

What happens if heart issues are found on my echocardiogram?

Your Marion Physician Associates doctor reviews the results of your echocardiogram during your appointment. In the event there are abnormalities found that relate to your heart health or function, your doctor may request additional diagnostic testing.

The on-site cardiology services available at Marion Physician Associates allow your provider to customize a treatment plan for short-term and long-term care of your heart to prevent disease, heart attacks, and other complications.

To find out more about the diagnostic benefits of an echocardiogram, schedule a consultation at Marion Physician Associates, P.A. today using the online booking feature or by calling the office nearest you.