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Cardiology - Adult

Cardiology - Adult

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Cardiology - Adult

Heart diseases such as heart attack, congestive heart failure, congenital heart disease, and coronary heart disease are the leading cause of death for men and women in every part of the globe. At Narayana Health, India’s best heart hospital we specialise in the treatment of heart disorders and ailments, making sure that all your cardiological needs are taken care of with the best-in-class treatments and state of the art services available.

With highly qualified and trained experts, our cardiology team at Narayana Health has made incredible pioneering advances in the field of cardiological procedures and treatments at an incredible pace and an overwhelming success rate in the past few years.

At Narayana Health, we offer advanced treatment for the following heart disorders:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Arrhythmia
  • Heart Failure
  • Atheroma
  • Atrial Fibrillation among many others

We at Narayana Health believe in providing the best to our patients, which is why we offer the most advanced treatment and facilities to our patients, some of which include the following:

  • Diagnostic Electrophysiology studies

    The electrophysiology study is a test conducted to examine the electrical system or activity of the heart and detect any abnormal heartbeats or arrhythmia. The electrical activity is measured by advancing catheters and wire electrodes through blood vessels that enter the heart. We take every possible care to ensure that your test remains uncomplicated. Several medications may be given to the patients intravenously to sedate the part but they don't otherwise pose a threat to your body.

  • Catheter Ablation of Arrhythmias

    This procedure uses radiofrequency energy to destroy a small part of the heart tissue responsible for causing rapid and irregular heartbeats. Catheter ablation is used for the treatment of arrhythmias only when medicines are ineffective or not tolerated. At Narayana, the best cardiology hospital in India, Catheter ablation is sometimes done through open-heart surgery, but it's often done using catheters, to make the procedure less invasive and shortening recovery times.

  • Lead Extraction

    A lead helps to deliver the energy from a pacemaker or ICD to the heart muscle. During lead extraction, one or more leads are removed from inside the heart. However, the leads that are placed outside the heart during open surgery can’t be removed during the lead extraction procedure. A patient might need lead extraction if

    - there is any damage to the inside or outside of a lead

    - formation of scar tissue at the tip of the lead

    - infection at the site of the device or the lead

    - blockage of the vein by a clot or scar tissue

  • Cardioversion

    This medical procedure is performed to restore the normal heart rhythm in patients with arrhythmias. Cardioversion is done by sending electric shocks to the heart with the help of electrodes placed on the heart. It is a scheduled procedure that needs to be performed in a hospital.

  • Resynchronization therapy for heart failure

    The resynchronisation therapy is done to implant a device in the chest to facilitate the contraction of the heart’s chambers in a more organised and efficient way. The device is called a biventricular pacemaker, and it delivers electrical signals to the lower chambers of the heart to maximise the amount of blood being pumped out.

  • Transtelephonic arrhythmia monitoring

    Also known as an event recorder, transtelephonic arrhythmia monitoring is done with the help of a pager-sized device that enables patients to record their arrhythmias as they occur.

    It is done mostly when the electrocardiogram does not give your physician enough information about your heartbeats. By wearing a device for an extended period, irregularities in your heartbeat can be more easily detected.

  • Pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillators and follow-up treatment

    Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators are devices designed to treat dysrhythmias and address ventricular tachyarrhythmias. ICDs have revolutionized the treatment of patients at risk of sudden cardiac death due to ventricular tachyarrhythmias. A permanent pacemaker is an implanted device that provides electrical stimuli and causes cardiac contraction. All modern ICDs also work as pacemakers.

With the primary goal of patient comfort and complete cure in mind, we at Narayana Health work tirelessly and dedicatedly to provide the best care to our patients.

Narayana Health is where you find brilliance and treatment expertise combined with the human touch.

Recovery from cardiology diseases: what does an expert do?

Post-surgery, patients will be shifted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) for observation for a couple of days. Depending on the patient's heart and conditions, they will be sent to their home for 3-4 weeks of recovery. The recovery period will be extended if it's a severe heart cardiology surgery or treatment.

Treatment for a cardiology patient doesn't end at the hospital. At home, patients have to do simple, positive steps to recover from heart disease and reduce their chance of having more problems in the future.

Common precautions that are given by our experts to every adult, on a fitness note, are:

  • Set recovery goals and priorities with regards to their physical health and emotional state.
  • Wake up on time and perform regular light works around their house
  • Take medicines, on time, in the prescribed dosage
  • See a cardiologist on time and keep up with your cardiac rehabilitation regularly.
  • If you have had surgery, take care of the wounds and eat a balanced healthy diet.
  • Follow physical exercises that are advised by your physiotherapist or cardiologist team.

A cardiac attack may occur without any alarming signs, so you must consult a cardiologist every now and then to get the best heart treatment in India. However, look at the following signs:

  • Chest pain
  • Pressure or tightness in your neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Sweaty skin
  • Irregular or fast heartbeat
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Pain or swelling in legs
  • Sudden fatigue

Narayana’s Cardiology Department has a renowned team. It’s the best cardiology division, in India, and is known to perform complicated heart surgeries with outstanding care and innovative treatments on both adults and infants. Narayana Health care anchors pioneered specialization in all streams of cardiology problems, and it aims to provide the best care and treatment for adults with heart problems of any magnitude.

Cardiology - Adult FAQ's

Why would you be referred to a cardiologist?

If you’re living an unhealthy lifestyle or you have a genetic predisposition that puts you at risk of heart attack or stroke, then your primary care doctor will refer you to a cardiologist. This may occur if your physician notices red flags in your physical exam or tests that puts you at risk for heart disease. Indicators such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure are strong risk factors for heart disease. A cardiologist specializes in diagnosing treating problems concerning the heart, arteries, and veins.

What are the different kinds of cardiology tests?

Cardiology is the study and treatment of the disorders that affect the heart and blood vessels. If you are experiencing heart disease or are at risk of it, then your cardiologist will prescribe some tests that will help them diagnose and treat your condition. Some of the common tests carried out are:
Electrocardiogram (ECG): This test will record the electrical activity of the heartbeat. This will help the doctor determine if the activity is normal, slow, fast or irregular. It also helps them understand if any part of your heart is under strain and is being overworked.
Ambulatory ECG: Records the heart’s rhythms while the person is engaged in a physical activity like running or walking on a treadmill. Small metal electrodes are stuck on the patient’s chest that help record the heart’s rhythm.
Stress test: This shows the heart’s activity when you’re exercising, and while you’re resting. This test will determine the limitations and performance levels of your heart.
Echocardiogram: Provides an ultrasound picture that displays the structure of the heart chamber and its surroundings. This is done to detect inflammation and infections in the heart valves.

What does a cardiologist do on the first visit?

Once you’re referred to a cardiologist by your primary care doctor, they will become a key player in your heart care. This means that they will manage your care for a long period and ensure that you get the right treatments according to your diagnosis. It’s necessary that on your first visit to the cardiologist, they are aware of your overall condition, the results of your tests, medical history, lifestyle, habits and the changes in your health over time.

Here’s a checklist of everything to keep in mind while you visit your cardiologist for the first time.

  • Compile your personal health history
  • Get copies of medical records
  • Write down your symptoms
  • Assess if anyone in your family tree has a history of heart disease
  • Gather your test results if any and a list of medications you have been pr
  • Make a list of any queries you may have for your doctor

At what age should you see a cardiologist?

The common notion is to see a cardiologist and have an annual physical examination when you get into the middle ages. However, a cardiac test is necessary only when you’re at risk of heart failure or experiencing chest pains (Angina). It is also a good idea to get checked if you suffer from risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood sugar levels and high blood pressure.

Do cardiologists do surgery?

A cardiologist is a practitioner of Internal medicine. They don’t perform surgeries, that’s the job of the cardiac surgeon. There is a speciality called Invasive cardiology, where cardiologists do perform procedures like cardiac catheterizations, but cardiology is not a surgical speciality. Cardiologists will refer you to a cardiothoracic surgeon in case of invasive surgery.