It is believed at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals that the first step to cure is accurate diagnosis of the disorder. Investment in the latest medical and diagnostic equipment along with upgradation of skills of personnel is always ensured.
The following are some of our Cardiac Diagnostic Services:
320 slice CT Scanner
The 320 Slice CT Scanner is the 7th of its kind in the world, and a first for India. It is available only at a few leading hospitals across the world. The 320 Slice CT Scanner can image the entire heart in a single rotation providing volumetric temporal resolution that is superior to multi-slice temporal resolution available today, resulting in clearer image quality. It shows not only whole organ anatomy, but also the changes in the entire organ over time resulting in a better, faster, more complete diagnosis. In addition, it can perform a comprehensive neurological examination providing arterial, venous and whole brain perfusion in a single study with both less contrast and radiation dose. It is especially helpful in identifying the level of heart disease in people with high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure but with few overt signs and symptoms. This facility is currently available at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals.
64 Slice CT Angiography
64 Slice CT Angiography is a non-invasive procedure that helps in detecting minute blockages of the arteries of the heart. The images obtained through this procedure are sharp and crystal clear, enabling cardiologists to spot even the smallest of blockages at a very early stage. It is also used to determine the conditions of the stents and bypass surgery grafts of patients who have had angioplasties or CABG. Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, India was the first in the country to introduce this sophisticated cardiac investigation. This facility is currently available at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata and Chennai.
Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) is used to determine whether a patient who has an abnormal heart rhythm is at high risk for stroke. The procedure also reveals any blood clots present in the heart.
Stress Echocardiography uses exercise or medication to make the heart work harder than when at rest. This helps us obtain more detailed pictures of the heart and how well or poorly it is functioning. Echocardiography assesses the overall function of the heart, determines the presence of heart diseases, follows the progress of valve disease and evaluates the effectiveness of medical or surgical treatment.
Electrophysiology [EP] Study
An Electrophysiologist is a trained cardiac specialist who would be performing an EP Study. This is a specialized procedure in which one or more thin, flexible wires, called catheters are inserted into a blood vessel (usually the groin) and guided into the heart. Each catheter has two or more electrodes to measure the heart's electrical signals as they travel from one chamber to another.EP study or Electrophysiological study is mainly performed to diagnose cardiac rhythm abnormality, to help determine the best treatment, and to pinpoint the exact site where therapy may be useful.