The main function of the heart is to pump blood through the body. A Cardiologist studies the functions and disorders of the heart. Cardiology is considered to be a branch of internal medicine. It is important to note that cardiologists are not the same as cardiac surgeons. Cardiologists deal with the diagnosis and treatment of a number of heart-relatedailments such as coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, heart failure, etc.
Some of the reasons to consult a cardiologist are if you are experiencing heart pain, if you have a family history of heart trouble, if you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, if you have gum disease and if you are having a difficult pregnancy with a high risk of preeclampsia.
Cardiac specialties can be broadly categorized as adult specialties and pediatric specialties. Adult cardiologists may specialize in Cardiac electrophysiology, Clinical cardiac electrophysiology, Cardiogeriatrics, Echocardiography and Interventional cardiology.
The price of a cardiac evaluation package in Mumbai starts at Rs 5,000. Some tests may have an additional cost.
Electrocardiogram- Rs 200- Rs 2,000
Holter monitor testing - Rs 1,000- Rs 4,000
Echocardiogram - Rs 800- Rs 2,000
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) stress test - Rs 1,500- Rs 25,000
Cardiac computed tomography (CT) angiography - Rs 8,000- Rs 20,000
This is a primary cardiac diagnostic test that helps evaluate heart health by measuring the electrical activity around a heartbeat. It also helps detect oversized and overworked hearts.
Holter monitor testing
This involves recording every heartbeatwithin a span of 24 hours to help diagnose irregular heartbeats and other life-threateningheart rhythms. It includes recording the heartbeat while the patient is awake and sleeping.
This is a non-invasive test that allows doctors to take detailed images of the structure and functioning of the heart.
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) stress test
This test involves taking images of the heartwhile the patient is resting and after an injection is given to accelerate blood flow to the heart. These images help diagnose scar tissue and help cardiologists assess the functioning of the different parts of the heart.
Cardiac computed tomography (CT) angiography
This is a non-invasive imaging test that allows the doctors to assess the functioning of the arteries that supply blood to the heart.