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In Colorado, staying knowledgeable about your health should be your priority. Especially if you ski, hike, bike, work out in the gym, or just sitting on your couch streaming, you should get an echocardiogram and a carotid.
What is an echocardiogram and a carotid?
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. It is a type of medical imaging of the heart. The carotid arteries are a pair of blood vessels located on both sides of your neck that deliver blood to your brain and head using ultrasound will bring them into view.
What can you learn from getting an echocardiogram and carotid?
An echocardiogram can give physicians an estimate of heart function, such as a calculation of the cardiac output (ejection fraction), the size and shape of the heart (internal chamber size quantification) ejection fraction, cardiomyopathy, myocardial infarction, any leaking of blood through the valves (valvular regurgitation), an estimate of how well the valves open (or do not open in the case of valvular stenosis), and diastolic function (how well the heart relaxes). Carotid arteries are usually narrowed by a buildup of plaque — made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances that circulate in the bloodstream which can increase the risk of stroke.
The biggest advantages of an echocardiogram and carotid ultrasound is that it is not invasive (does not involve breaking the skin or entering body cavities) and has no known risks or side effects.
How long does an echocardiogram take?
A standard echocardiogram or carotid test usually takes about 30 minutes.
What are some symptoms that should prompt further evaluation?
• Shortness of breath.
• Leg swelling.
• Heart murmurs.
• Irregular heartbeat.
• Abnormal blood pressure.
• Sudden numbness or weakness in the face or limbs, often on only one side of the body.
• Sudden trouble speaking and understanding.
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
• Sudden dizziness or loss of balance.
• Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
How does COVID-19 affect the heart?
One way COVID-19 can affect the heart is by invading the heart muscle itself, causing inflammation within it and, in severe cases, even permanent damage — via muscle scarring or muscle cell death.
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Gemini Imaging Group offers a FLAT rate for its exams, no hidden surprises.
Average hospital visit for a complete echocardiogram CASH cost you about or more than: $1,250
A complete echocardiogram from Gemini Imaging Group cost $250
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But, if you prefer to use your insurance, we do accept some insurances.
Gemini Imaging Group exams can be done with or without a referral from your caregiver. Our exams will be accepted by your provider, why?
Because Gemini Imaging Group is a company that’s been in the business of ultrasound with over TEN years since being founded.
Also, we use
• State-of-the-art ultrasound equipment
• Licensed sonographer to perform the exams
• Licensed physicians to interpret the exams
• A secure server that collects and store the exams
• You receive a report in 48 hours or less.
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