1. What does a Heart specialist do?
Heart specialists or cardiologists diagnose and treat diseses related to heart and blood vessels. They are trained to assess heart health and read electrocardiogram, etc.
2. When do you need to see a cardiologist?
You can visit a heart specialist if your physician refers you for symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, changes in heart beat or high blood pressure
3. What to expect at your first visit to heart specialist?
A heart specialist will evaluate your medical history and risk factors for major blood vesel disease. Your heart rate, blood pressure and electrocardiogram will be obtained. You will also go through complete cardiovascular examination.
4. How do heart-specialist check for blocked arteries?
Heart specialists check for blocked arteries with tests like chloesterol screening, electrocardiogram (ECG) chest X-Ray, coronary CT Scan, ultrasound, echocardiogram, and angiogram.
5. Can you see a heart-specilist directly?
You can go to a heart specialist directly if you suspect there is a risk of genetically related heart disease in your family which means any of your blood relative had an early onset (below age of 55 for men and 65 for women). A heart specialist can help you to assess the risk factor of you getting that disease and give you treatment regarding the same.
Cardiology is a branch of medicine, which deals with diseases as well as abnormalities related to the heart. A cardiologist not only diagnoses disorders related to the heart and the entire circulatory system but also offers treatment to cure the same. There is a wide range of issues linked with the heart such as congenital heart defects, valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, heart failure and electrophysiology. A cardiologist deals with their treatment.
You should immediately consult a cardiologist if you demonstrate symptoms such as chest pain, anxiety, palpitation, dizziness, sweating, pain in jaw or neck, pressure in vocal cords, severe pressure in chest, irregular pulse, difficult in swallowing etc. People with a family history of heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol level should also visit a cardiologist for regular check-ups. Patients with swollen gums usually suffer from a heart condition. A smoker and a diabetic person is also at risk of a heart problem and should visit a cardiologist.
There are many different specialization areas of cardiologist.Primarily, there are four kinds of cardiologists. First is non-invasive cardiologist who helps people prevent as well as mange their heart diseases. Then there are invasive cardiologists. They perform diagnostic procedure such as cardiac catheterization. Advanced treatments such as balloon angioplasty are performed by Interventional cardiologists. Then there are electrophysiologists who study the bio-electrical impulses of heart. Some specialize in surgeries related to the heart. They are known as cardio-surgeons.
The consultation fee of a cardiologist in Delhi begins at Rs 750.
Heart transplant surgery in Delhi costs between Rs.18 and Rs.40 lakhs . The cost of Cardiac Ablation is around Rs. 1.8 to 2.25 lakhs in Delhi.
Cardiologists offer different kind of treatments as per the need of the patient.
Ablation: Heart problems such as arrythmia are treated by a process known as Catheter ablation.
Angioplasty and Stenting: Patients with blockage in coronary arteries undergo angioplasty and stenting to remove the blockage.
Heart Transplant: Patients with heart failure go in for heart transplant to restore their health and well-being.
Heart Valve Repair: Patients who have a valve problem, undergo heart valve repair surgery. Three of the most common are valvuloplasty, traditional heart valve surgery and minimally invasive heart valve surgery.
Pacemakers- Pacemakers are used for patients with a slow heartbeat.