Complete heart evaluation
Although the technology has deep roots in cardiology, clinical examination remains the main means of initial diagnosis. At the Pulse Cardiology Center, using all the necessary diagnostic tools and tests, we are able to make a diagnosis within 2 hours.
Many signs of a heart condition can be detected by a simple visual inspection. In an acutely ill patient, cyanosis, paleness, and sweating may be signs of imminent danger. A certain physical appearance should always encourage awareness of heart abnormalities.
This is the case when the patient “looks” sick.
What about the rest of the population, which does not show signs and symptoms of any heart abnormality and there are factors of a certain cardiovascular risk?
We have created a special examination that includes a complete check of your heart.
Complete heart evaluation: cardiovascular risk examination, complete blood count, ECG, cardiac ultrasound, cardiac stress test
In non-acute patients, preventive examinations are the right choice because timely and precise diagnosis, therapy and treatment are the most important in cardiovascular diseases. We offer all cardiac services, quality, without waiting and under one roof.
Pulse Cardiac Center, in accordance with the needs of patients, offers several carefully created cardiac examinations:
- Total heart examination
- Preoperative cardiovascular evaluation
- Special examination for smokers
- Cardiovascular risk assessment
Complete heart evaluation target population group
The complete heart evaluation is intended for all persons over the age of 30, even those younger, because the number of cardiovascular diseases has drastically increased among the younger population. Not only adults but also young people suffer from cardiovascular diseases. The most common are congenital heart defects, and an increasing group of acquired diseases, which are most common in adolescence: high blood pressure, obesity, rapid heart rate. Complete heart evaluation is also intended for people who are known to have heart disease or have a family history of heart disease or those who have other risk factors for heart disease such as diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, smoking, inactivity, stress, obesity, etc.
What is exactly a complete heart evaluation?
A complete heart evaluation is a package that includes a cardiac examination and certain diagnostic procedures. If you choose a complete heart evaluation, you will undergo the following tests: cardiovascular risk assessment, complete blood tests, ECG, heart ultrasound and ergometry.
At the Pulse Cardiology Center, the foundation of preventive cardiology begins with knowing the patient’s basic risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). After assessing the risk factors, the doctor informs the patient about the best ways to reduce the risk, whether it is a matter of lifestyle management or a decision on the inclusion and intensity of pharmacological therapy.
The Pulse Cardiology Center performs a cardiovascular risk assessment for:
Your blood provides many clues about the health of your heart. For example, high levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood may be a sign that you have an increased risk of heart attack. Other substances in your blood can also help your doctor determine if you have heart failure or are at risk of developing fatty deposits (plaque) in your arteries (atherosclerosis).
It is important to remember that just one blood test does not determine the risk of heart disease. The most important risk factors for heart disease are smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Here is an overview of the basic laboratory blood tests we use at the Pulse Cardiology Center, for the diagnosis and monitoring of cardiovascular diseases:
Complete blood count with leukocytes – CBC, CRP, Sedimentation, Glycemia, Urea, Creatinine, Cholesterol, AST, ALT, GGT, Sodium, Potassium and others if needed.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a graphical record of the electrical activity of the heart. Electrocardiography is a fast, painless and non-invasive method that registers the electrical activity of the heart, and the device that makes the graphic record is called an electrocardiograph. This method can detect various heart diseases. Recording takes a few minutes and the result is available immediately.
Echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) has become a routine procedure for diagnosing and monitoring patients with heart disease. It is also one of the most commonly used diagnostic procedures in cardiology. This method can provide a large amount of information including the size and shape of the heart, the location and size of damage to the heart tissue, the appearance of heart valves.
A stress test or stress load, also called ergometry, is a procedure that determines how well your heart and blood vessels are working. During ergometry, you will exercise on the stationary bike while your doctor monitors your blood pressure and heart rate. When the pulse reaches its maximum level, the doctor will take ultrasound images of the heart to determine if the heart muscles are getting enough blood and oxygen while you exercise.
The heart is an extremely important organ of the human body. Taking good care of your heart will probably increase your life expectancy.
Advantages of regular cardiac examination
Many heart conditions and their risk factors can go undetected without regular heart checkups and health checkups. Preventive health care can help you and your doctors stay in good health and find potential health problems before they develop into something more serious. With regular heart checkups you can:
- Detect conditions or diseases early
- Reduce your chances of getting sick
- Seek the right treatment quickly
- Improve overall health
- Create a picture of your health over time
- Reduce overall health care costs
- Find out the latest medical information and technologies
- Create a better relationship with your doctor