Ultrasound Specialist

Vital Health Scores

Integrative Diagnostic & Treatment Center located in Traverse City, MI

Did you know that there’s a simple, noninvasive test that can assess your risk for having a heart attack or stroke? At Vital Health Scores in Traverse City, Michigan, Douglas Wigton, DO, uses ultrasound technology to assess cardiovascular health and prevent heart disease. To schedule your ultrasound, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is ultrasound?

Also known as ultrasonography, an ultrasound is a noninvasive test that uses high-frequency sound waves to generate images of your internal organs. The images are used to assess health and identify areas of concern.

Dr. Wigton uses ultrasound technology to assess heart health, specifically looking at your:

  • Carotid arteries
  • Abdominal aorta
  • Structure of your heart

When it comes to assessing heart health, you have many options including a stress test, which measures your heart’s response during exercise, and a cardiac catheterization, which requires the insertion of a tube into a vein or artery in your arm or leg that gets threaded up to your heart to measure pressure and blood flow.

Transthoracic cardiac ultrasound is entirely non-invasive, providing detailed information on the structural and blood flow state of your heart.  Inferences can be made about the coronary arteries, although they are not directly imaged.  Dr. Wigton also uses ultrasound technology to assess for an aortic aneurysm, venous blood clots, poor arterial circulation, carotid arteries in your neck to assess for stroke risk, and abdominal organ abnormalities.

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is a special ultrasound test that creates an image of your heart. During the procedure, Dr. Wigton can see:

  • The size and shape of your heart
  • How your heart moves
  • Blood flow in and out of your heart
  • The strength of heartbeats

The echocardiogram also helps Dr. Wigton assess for heart conditions, such as heart valve regurgitation or stenosis.

What can I expect during an ultrasound?

The ultrasound test is painless, safe, and noninvasive. Before starting, the ultrasound specialist begins by placing a special gel over the target area to prevent air pockets and improve imaging. Next, the specialist presses the hand-held transducer against your skin to capture the images that are viewed on a computer screen.

You don’t need to do anything special before the procedure, and you can go right back to usual activities afterward.

How does an ultrasound help my heart?

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States, and Dr. Wigton uses the images captured from the ultrasound to assess your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. If he sees plaque in your arteries, Dr. Wigton helps you stop the progression of the disease and potentially demonstrate regression of the plaque with chelation therapy.

As an alternative medicine specialist, Dr. Wigton aims to treat the underlying cause of your disease, not your symptoms.

For a noninvasive assessment of your heart health, call Douglas Wigton, DO, at Vital Health Scores to schedule an ultrasound or book an appointment online.

*Individual results may vary.