LEBANON, PA - Good Samaritan Health System announces Echocardiogram (ECHO) services are now available at the GSH Ambulatory Services Center located at 1400 South Forge Road, Route 117, Palmyra.
An echocardiogram is a noninvasive, painless procedure used to assess the heart's function and structures. During an echocardiogram, a transducer (like a microphone) sends out ultrasonic sound waves. The ultrasonic sound waves move through the skin and other body tissues to the heart, where the waves bounce or echo off of the heart structures. The transducer picks up the reflected waves and sends them to a computer. The computer uses the echoes to create images of the heart walls and valves.
An echocardiogram may be done to evaluate signs or symptoms of coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, pericarditis and other conditions. The ECHO can detect problems with the heart such as enlargement, abnormalities in motion of the heart wall, blood clots, and heart valve abnormalities. It also measures the strength of the heart muscle.
“As part of our commitment to serving patients across the Lebanon Valley, we decided to add this important service to our Palmyra center. This allows cardiac patients to access this useful diagnostic test in a convenient location,” says Stephanie Andreozzi, director, cardiovascular service line at Good Samaritan.
Echocardiograms will be done in an accredited lab (ICAEL) and read by a Board Certified cardiologist from Lebanon Cardiology Associates. In addition to our Palmyra location, Good Samaritan offers ECHOs at our Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services Center on Norman Drive, adjacent to Lebanon Cardiology Associates as well as at our main location at The Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon.
ECHOs require a physician prescription and are done by appointment. If your physician has prescribed an ECHO and you would like to schedule at our Palmyra office, please call 270-1252.
For more information about Good Samaritan services and locations, please visit www.gshleb.org. (###)
For 124 years, the Good Samaritan Health System has served the health care needs of Lebanon County. The Good Samaritan Hospital is a modern, fully-equipped, fully-accredited 172-bed acute care facility that offers complete inpatient and outpatient care, as well as an inpatient rehabilitation program. The Good Samaritan Health System also provides services at many other sites located throughout Lebanon County.