If you think you might have a heart or blood vessel disorder, find out for sure and have it treated. At Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates, the board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners offer vascular ultrasound and echocardiography to detect or rule out serious problems. Call an office in Cypress, Katy, or Houston, Texas, today or use the online scheduler to find out if an ultrasound is right for you.
Ultrasounds are imaging procedures that use sound waves to create images of the structures inside your body. Diagnostic ultrasounds available at Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates offer the information needed to diagnose and treat many heart and blood vessel disorders.
Vascular ultrasounds provide images of your blood vessels, while echocardiograms use sound waves to produce images of your heart.
After reviewing your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history, your Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates provider lets you know if you’re a candidate for ultrasounds. They also check your pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs, weigh you and complete a physical exam. You might also need bloodwork or other diagnostic tests.
Ultrasounds are helpful if you struggle with:
Any time you experience new or unusual symptoms of a heart or blood vessel problem, see the experts at Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates for an evaluation.
There’s usually no special preparation needed before having ultrasounds at Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates. In some cases, your specialist will ask you to not eat or drink anything for a few hours before your ultrasound.
Tell your provider about medications you take and find out if you’ll be sedated. If so, arrange to have someone drive you home afterward.
What you can expect during your ultrasound depends on which procedure you undergo. Your provider could place gel on your skin and glide a device called a transducer over the area to be examined. The procedure is painless, and no recovery is needed.
If you’re to undergo a transesophageal echocardiogram, your provider will numb your throat and gives you a sedative to help you relax. They insert a flexible tube containing a transducer down your throat into your esophagus to record sound waves from your heart and create detailed moving images of it.
After an ultrasound, your Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates provider discusses the results with you and lets you know the next steps that need to be taken. They could suggest watchful waiting, additional diagnostic tests, lifestyle changes, medication, medical procedures, or combinations of treatments to reduce the chance of severe complications.
Call the nearest office today or use the online booking feature to learn more about ultrasounds at Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates and if you need one.