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Basic non invasive instrumental examination methods in cardiology:

ECG:

ECG (electrocardiogram) is a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart. The electrocardiogram is commonly used to detect abnormal heart rhythms and to investigate the cause of chest pains. An ECG can help doctors tell if you are having a heart attack or if you've had a heart attack in the past. Sometimes an ECG can indicate if your heart is enlarged or thickened.

Electrodes are placed on the body to produce usually 12 electrical views of the heart (leads, or patches, are placed on each arm and leg and across the chest wall). The signals received from each electrode are recorded. The printed view of these recordings is the electrocardiogram.

The ECG test is painless and harmless.

24 hours ECG (Holter recording):

Schiller Holter Coral Szakorvosi Centrum

 A Holter monitor is a machine that continuously records the heart's rhythms. The monitor is usually worn for 24 hours during normal activity. The monitor may be used to diagnose heart rhythm problems, such as

  • Atrial fibrillation/flutter
  • Multifocal atrial tachycardia
  • Palpitations
  • Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
  • Reasons for fainting
  • Slow heart rate (bradycardia)
  • Ventricular tachycardia

It may also be used when starting a new heart medicine or after a heart attack.

There are no risks associated with the test. However, you should be sure not to let the monitor get wet. Also while wearing the device avoid electric blankets, high voltage areas, magnets and metal detectors.

Important:

While you wear the monitor, it records your heart's electrical activity. You should keep a diary of what activities you do while wearing the monitor. When you return the monitor to your doctor's office, the doctor will look at the records and see if there have been any irregular heart rhythms and it is important to match the symptoms and activities with your Holter monitor findings.

 24 -hour ambulatory blood pressure recording (ABPM)

Non-invasive ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM), usually for 24 hours, is being increasingly used to assess patients with hypertension.

ABPM is indicated to exclude "white coat" hypertension and has a role in assessing apparent drug-resistant hypertension, symptomatic hypotension or hypertension, in the elderly, in hypertension in pregnancy, and to assess adequacy of control in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease. "White coat" hypertension is a condition in which blood pressure is persistently elevated in the presence of a doctor, but falls to normal values when the patient leaves the medical environment

ABPM may not be accurate during exercise or when driving, or when the cardiac rate is irregular, as in atrial fibrillation. In some patients ABPM readings may fail for technical reasons (eg, problems with cuff fitting in patients with conical-shaped arms, movement artefact, tremor, weak or irregular pulse, auscultatory gap).

Cardiac Ultrasound (ECHO)

Ultrasound is one of the most widely used diagnostic procedures available. It provides a non-invasive and virtually painless means of observing soft tissue anatomy on an outpatient basis.

The cardiac ultrasound scanning (also known as echocardiogram) is a non-invasive ultrasound imaging procedure used to assess cardiac function. Echocardiography allows doctors to visualize the anatomy, structure, and function of the heart. The echocardiogram can show all four chambers of the heart, the heart valves, the blood vessels entering and leaving the heart, and the sack around the heart. It can lead to a quick diagnosis of heart valve problems or abnormal flow within the heart.

There are no risks or side effects associated with cardiac ultrasound imaging. The sound waves will not cause discomfort and they do not contain ionizing radiation. 

 Cardiac Treadmill Stress Test

Futószalagos terheléses vizsgálat Coral Centrum Cardiac stress tests are performed because, while patients with coronary artery blockages may have minimal symptoms and unchanged ECG while at rest, the symptoms and signs of heart disease may become unmasked by exposing the heart to the stress of exercise. Most commonly and in Coral Medical Center, a motorized treadmill is used for exercise.

A stress test is considered in the following circumstances:

  • Patients with symptoms or signs that are suggestive of coronary artery diseases (CAD).
  • Patients with significant risk factors for CAD.
  • To evaluate exercise tolerance when patients have unexplained fatigue and shortness of breath.
  • To evaluate blood pressure response to exercise in patients with borderline hypertension.
  • To look for exercise-induced serious irregular heart beats.

The risk of the stress portion of the test is very small, similar to what you would expect from any strenuous form of exercise (jogging in your neighborhood, running up a flight of stairs, etc.). Experienced medical staff is in attendance to manage any of the rare complications

Preparing for the Regular Stress Test:

The following recommendations are "generic" for all types of cardiac stress tests:

  • Do not eat or drink for three hours prior to the procedure. Diabetics, particularly those who use insulin, will need special instructions from the physician's office.
  • While most medicines can be take regularly, some specific heart medicines may need to be stopped one or two days prior to the test. Please consult with the medical staff.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for exercise.

A patient should allow approximately one hour for the entire test, including the preparation.

CUrrent prices

The current LIST PRICES are found here.       

10 % DISCOUNT

  • students and pensioners 
  • families (at least 2 family members) 
  • patients holding Coral Center fidelity card (törzskártya)

One discount applies at a time.

To set an appointment please call:
06-1-413-0523, 30/244-1903 
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:51
 

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