Dr. Saks explains what a patient can expect when they arrive for an echocardiogram/echo?
In an echocardiogram, the patient will probably have to get into a gown and then will be asked to lay on the table, and some gel will be placed on the chest and an ultrasound probe, a little handheld, little machine, will be placed on top of the gel on the skin surface, and the technician will record the heart beating on tape, on a VCR tape, and the patient will probably hear whooshing sounds. That’s the blood flowing back and forth across the valves, and at certain times the patient may have to lay on her side, or the technician will move the probe up in the area of the neck or under, up in the abdomen area to get all different views of the heart.
About Dr. Saks, D.O.:
Dr. Shani S. Saks joined the Arizona Heart Institute in September 2005, following a three-year invasive cardiology fellowship at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Saks completed her undergraduate and Master of Science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she graduated Cum Laude. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Saks continued her medical education by completing an internal medicine residency at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, where she served as Chief Medicine Resident. Dr. Saks is a Certified Internist by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. Due to significant and premature heart disease in her own family, Dr. Saks has a strong commitment to patient education, reducing risk of heart disease, preventative medicine and women’s health. Dr. Saks provides services at the Arizona Heart Institute location in central Phoenix.
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