Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute, located in Bradenton, Florida, was recently granted accreditation of Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. This is a major achievement, given the vital nature of echocardiography in cardiovascular medicine.
Everything You Should Know About Echocardiography
Echocardiography is the use of ultrasound waves to investigate the action of the heart, and it is utilized to evaluate the health of the heart. It might also be called an echo test or heart ultrasound, but regardless of the name, it will take “moving pictures” of the heart to help determine what caused problems like heart murmur, heart attack, rheumatic fever, or unexplained chest pain.
Only a trained sonographer can complete an echocardiogram. The procedure is painless, but it can gather critical information regarding your health. For example, the test will show the size and shape of your heart, how well it is working, what portions are weak or malfunctioning, and where any blood clots are located. There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. After the echocardiogram is performed, your cardiovascular specialist uses the results of the echocardiogram to ensure the best plan is prepared for your care.
Overall, echocardiography has the potential to save your life by detecting heart disease and signs of serious cardiovascular conditions. Considering the fact that more than 2,150 Americans die every single day from cardiovascular disease, the use of echocardiography should never be underestimated and performed unless under strict guidelines of accreditation.
The Importance of Accreditation
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) provides its echocardiography accreditation as a “seal of approval” to assure patients that they can rely upon a specific medical practice for its consistent quality of care and dedication to continuous improvement.
In order to obtain its IAC accreditation, Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute underwent an intensive application and review process, including a detailed self-evaluation and a thorough review by a panel of medical experts. The IAC accreditation can be trusted because it is widely respected in the medical community and is supported by many organizations including the American Society of Echocardiography and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
While Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute has always been respected for providing patients with state-of-the-art medical technologies and comprehensive cardiovascular care and wellness programs, the addition of an echocardiography accreditation further emphasizes its vital role in the Bradenton, Sarasota and Gulf Coast of Florida area.