Basic heart examination

A basic heart exam includes:

  • Cardiologist examination
  • ECG
  • ECHO
  • Blood test
  • Heart Load test (Ergometry)

The price of a basic heart examination is 13,500 dinars / 15,000 dinars

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Symptoms – when basic heart examination should be done

  • palpitations or skipping a beat
  • chest pain
  • swelling in the legs
  • loss of breath
  • a sudden jump in pressure
  • fainting, dizziness

Every third adult has high blood pressure, and every eleventh has coronary heart disease or angina pectoris.

In Serbia, more than 50,000 people die from cardiovascular diseases every year.

About 80% of premature deaths and more than 50% of heart attacks and strokes could be prevented by regular preventive cardiology examinations, according to doctors.

Why is it important to run a basic heart checkup?

A basic examination of the heart nowadays is a necessary part of preventive examinations in order to prevent the occurrence or development of diseases of the heart and blood vessels, from which more and more people suffer, both in the world and in Serbia.

The latest health survey of the population of Serbia showed that:

every third adult has high blood pressure

every eleventh adult has coronary heart disease or angina pectoris

In Serbia, more than 50,000 people die from cardiovascular diseases every year.

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the leading cause of death in the world, killing about 18 million people annually, and this number is estimated to rise to 23 million by 2030. Although devastating, this statistic could be significantly milder. Doctors state that about 80 percent of premature deaths and more than 50 percent of heart attacks and strokes could be prevented by primary prevention measures, which include proper nutrition, physical activity, quting smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. As a special preventive measure, a basic examination of the heart is recommended.

Who should have a basic heart checkup and how often?

All adults are advised to have a basic heart check-up once a year after the age of 30. People over the age of 65, especially those with chronic diseases, should have a basic heart examination every six months, unless the doctor determines a different examination schedule based on the patient’s condition.

People with a family history of cardiovascular disease are advised to see a cardiologist once a year, even if they have no symptoms of heart disease.

A general practitioner can refer the patient to a basic heart examination if he suspects that the symptoms indicate heart disease.

A basic examination of the heart once a year is also recommended for smokers, especially those with a long history of smoking.

Athletes and those who play recreational sport should also have a basic heart examination, especially a stress test. Only with these results we can fully complete the cardiology examination and tell you the exact condition of your heart and what kind of efforts you can put yourself through. Unfortunately, what we often witness today is that both children and professional athletes die on sports fields due to undiagnosed heart disease. We advise that by coming to regular cardiology examinations, you will always be sure whether playing sports, recreationally or professionally is safe for you.

Symptoms for an urgent cardiolgist visit and basic heart examination

The reasons why you should urgently seek the help of a cardiologist are the symptoms that indicate problems with the heart and blood vessels:

  • loss of breath
  • palpitations or skipping of the heart
  • chest pain
  • swelling in the legs
  • fainting, dizziness

We have carefully created a basic heart examination according to the concept of our partners from Holland – CCN (Cardiology Center Nederland) – the most successful European cardiology system. We follow the fast lane system, which means that from the moment of your arrival, the examination is done in 60 minutes and the diagnosis is made within 2 hours.

When you come to the Puls Cardiology Center, our friendly staff will ask you to fill out a form that will be used to open a medical record. After that, the general practitioner takes a medical history, we move on to blood sampling, do an ECG, then a cardiologist performs an ultrasound examination of the heart and finally, under the control of our team, a bicycle stress test is performed. It is best to bring something comfortable to the test, tracksuit, t-shirt and sneakers. When we collect all the results, the cardiologist performs a final examination, makes a diagnosis, prescribes therapy and advises you further according to your condition.

Cardiologist examination: The examination does not require any preparation. Non-invasive instruments such as a stethoscope and tensiometer are used, it is completely painless. The examination by a cardiologist takes an average of 20-30 minutes, and if necessary, longer.

During the examination, the doctor will learn about the patient’s and his family’s medical history (if any), as well as current complaints, if the patient has them. The doctor will measure the pressure, listen to the heart sounds, and in addition to examining the chest, he will also check (feel) the pulsation of the blood vessels of the neck.

ECG: Electrocardiography (ECG) is a fast, painless and non-invasive method that registers the electrical activity of the heart. This method can detect various heart diseases, such as arrhythmias, heart attacks, as well as poor blood circulation in blood vessels. The recording takes a few minutes, and the doctor can see the results immediately.

Ultrasound of the heart: Echocardiography (ECHO of the heart) is one of the most frequently used non-invasive diagnostic procedures in cardiology. With this method, a large amount of information can be obtained, including the size and shape of the heart, the localization and extent of damage to the heart tissue, the appearance of the heart valves.

An ultrasound of the heart can reveal the consequences of pericarditis (inflammation of the heart sac) and viral myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle). An ultrasound examination of the heart takes up to 15 minutes.

Ergometrija: Test fizičkog opterećenja kojim se beleži rad srca pod fizičkim opterećenjem (na traci za trčanje ili biciklu). Tokom procedure stalno se prati EKG zapis, puls i krvni pritisak. Ovim testom  mogu da se otkriju sklonost ka poremećajima srčanog ritma, koronarnu bolest srca, stepen zamora i njegov uzrok.

Blood tests: In obtaining a complete picture of the condition of the heart and blood vessels, blood analyzes are an indispensable part. As part of the basic examination of the heart, the following parameters will be checked by blood analysis: glucose, total cholesterol, NHDL, HDL/LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, GGT (liver function indicator), creatinine, sodium, potassium, eGFR (kidney disease indicator).

Ergometry: A physical stress test that records heart rate under physical stress (on a treadmill or bicycle). During the procedure, the ECG record, pulse and blood pressure are constantly monitored. This test can detect a tendency to heart rhythm disorders, coronary heart disease, the degree of fatigue and its cause.

By calling our call center at 0117555000, you can get all the additional information and schedule a basic heart examination.