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Cardiology is the branch of medicine concerned with diagnosing and treating diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiology is a subspecialty of internal medicine and is closely related to the study of neurology, as heart conditions can cause neurological symptoms. The field also includes other aspects of heart care, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), congenital heart defects, heart failure, and electrophysiology.
At JTS Medical Centre Cardiologist provides the following services, including:
ECG (electrocardiogram) – a test that records the electrical activity of your heart over a period using electrodes placed at specific places on your chest and arms. An ECG may diagnose heart rhythm disorders, coronary artery disease, electrolyte abnormalities, and other problems.
Echocardiogram – a test that uses sound waves to create pictures of your heart. A small ultrasound device is pressed against your skin and moved over areas that need to be examined. The echoes of these sound waves are received by a computer and displayed on a monitor for viewing by the doctor. An echocardiogram can show whether you have fluid around your heart or another problem with your valves. It also can detect abnormal blood flow through arteries to your heart muscle.
Holter monitor – a small portable device that records the electrical activity of your heart over 24 hours by measuring electrical impulses through electrodes attached to your chest wall by adhesive patches placed there by a technician before leaving the clinic. This may detect abnormal heart rhythm and help determine if you have arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD), a condition in which the heart muscle of one of your lower chambers (ventricles) doesn’t function properly. In addition, the tests may detect abnormalities that aren’t apparent during a physical exam. As a result, your doctor may recommend additional tests if you have symptoms, such as chest pain or shortness of breath.
Chest X-ray – an X-ray of the heart and lungs: A chest X-ray can show the size and shape of your heart, whether there are any fluid collections around it, how well your lungs are functioning, and if there is any heart muscle damage.