DCDC CARDIOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Cardiology is the base specialty and its assistance is sought by all super specialties comprising of highly experienced physicians supported by excellent laboratory and investigatory facilities.
An echocardiogram (echo) is a test that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to make pictures of
your heart. The test is also called echocardiography or diagnostic cardiac ultrasound.
– An echo uses sound waves to create pictures of your heart’s chambers, valves, walls and the blood vessels (aorta, arteries, and veins) attached to your heart.
– A probe called a transducer is passed over your chest. The probe produces sound waves that bounce off your heart and “echo” back to the probe. These waves are changed into pictures viewed on a video monitor.
– An echo can’t harm you.
- A Holter monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records your heart’s activity (ECG) continuously for 24 to 48 hours or longer depending on the type of monitoring used.
- The device is the size of a small camera. It has wires with silver dollar-sized electrodes that attach to your skin. The Halter monitor and other devices that record your ECG as you go about your daily activities are called ambulatory electrocardiograms.
An exercise stress test usually involves walking on a treadmill while your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored. Your doctor may recommend an exercise stress test if he or she suspects you have coronary artery disease or an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).