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.
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.