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Regular Cardiac Check-ups

Why is Regular Cardiac Check-ups Required?

Regular Cardiac checkups will give the doctor more information about the patient’s heart conditions and can also help the doctor to recommend the right treatment.

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What Are The Different Tests Involved?

The doctors usually perform either all or some of the following tests depending on the patient’s condition & availability during the routine visit.

  • Angiography: this is usually done to detect any blocks in the blood vessels. The doctor will insert a small tube, called catheter, into an artery and move it to the coronary arteries near the heart. A special dye is then injected through this catheter into the blood, which is used as a highlight and X-rays are taken of the heart and coronary arteries.
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring: The patient’s Blood pressure levels are monitored using a blood pressure unit for up to 24 hours. This unit will measure the blood pressure & heart rate of the patient.
  • Blood Tests: The doctor would recommend blood tests to diagnose a condition or monitor the patient with a heart condition. The blood tests can also help to monitor the effects of medication & the levels of minerals in the blood.
  • Echocardiogram (echo) Tests: These tests make use of sound waves to study the heart’ structure & the working of the heart & its valves. A probe is used to first send these sound waves and then record their echo, which will produce a moving image of the heart.
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG) Tests: These are usually used to test the heart conditions. An ECG machine records the heart’s rhythm to a graph paper using electrodes that are placed on the chest, arms & legs of the patient. This electrocardiograph will help detect if the heart is damaged or is in short of oxygen.
  • Electrophysiological Studies: These are used to measure the heart’s electrical activity, usually recommended for patients with arrhythmias or palpitations. Electrode catheters are pushed through a vein in the groin and moved gently into the heart. Then this electrode is used to stimulate the heart & record its electrical activity.
  • Myocardial Perfusion Scans: This is done to check the blood flow to the heart. A dye is injected into the blood vessels for highlighting the blood flow. Then the flow is captured to images using a machine scanning the chest. This test is performed before & after exercise to see the changes of blood flow to the heart due to exercises.
  • Tilt Table Test: This test is recommended for patients with fainting spells that might be related to their heart. The patient has to lie on a table that is angled & is attached to a heart & blood pressure monitor that records the heart rate & blood pressure depending on the changes in position. An IV needle might be connected to the patient’s arm to give medications.

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