CARDIOLOGY

About Cardiology

Cardiology Is a branch of medicine that deals with the disorders of the heart as well as some parts of the circulatory system. The field includes medical diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, which can involve the walls of the heart, the valves of the heart, and the arteries and veins near the heart; coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology.

Reasons to see a Cardiologist

Shortness of Breath:

Being unable to catch your breath can be a warning sign of a heart problem and should be addressed with a doctor immediately.

Dizziness:

The feeling of unsteadiness, that can be described as a swirling or spinning sensation focused in the head. Dizziness can point to many different conditions, including heart disease or unstable blood pressure.

Fainting Spells:

Fainting can be described as a sudden loss of consciousness. It is caused by low blood flow to the brain. Lightheadedness and dizziness are often signals that someone might faint.

Cardiology FAQ

A heart attack refers to the death of heart muscle tissue caused by a sudden arterial blockage, which is usually the formation of a clot on top of a pre-existing buildup of cholesterol, called a plaque. The most common symptoms associated are chest, arm and neck pain.

Stress testing is a method by which your heart can be examined for the possibility of coronary artery blockage. The test involves a progressive increase in workload under continuous electrocardiographic monitoring conditions. The test is carried out to a predetermined level based primarily on heart rate. 

The test is usually performed in patients who have symptoms or in whom there is a strong suspicion of the possibility of coronary artery disease, such as individuals with multiple risk factors.

Arrhythmia refers to any abnormality of the heartbeat, including too slow, too fast, and/or irregular. The most common symptom associated with an arrhythmia is palpitations or an awareness of the heartbeat.  A more serious symptom is actual passing out (syncope).

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