Whether you're a doctor or a patient, you've probably heard of echocardiograms. They're those cool ultrasound things that let you look inside your body and see what's going on with your heart.
But did you know that there are actually tons of uses for this technology?
Echocardiograms are used to test the speed of blood flow through the heart, as well as to check for signs of dysfunction in the valves and chambers. It's a great way to diagnose valvular stenosis or sclerosis, valvular regurgitation, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, cardiomyopathy, pericardial effusion etc.
Are you worried about stroke?
Carotid Ultrasound is the most common test for diagnosing carotid artery disease, and it can be done in 30 minutes. Each year, over 960,000 people in the US die from heart disease or stroke. Most people who have strokes over age 65 are male. Stroke is the leading cause of death in the US and a leading disabler of older Americans.
The major risk factors for carotid artery disease are unhealthy blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, smoking, old age, insulin resistance, diabetes, overweight or obesity metabolic syndrome, lack of physical activity, and/or a family history of atherosclerosis.