The Non-invasive Cardiac Laboratory is run by senior cardiologists who are dedicated to the work in the field. The patient’s cardiac status is assessed by sophisticated diagnostic equipment for assessment of early coronary dise
The procedures/diagnostics done here include:
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.
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.
Patients with coronary artery blockages may have minimal symptoms and an unremarkable or unchanged EKG while at rest. However, symptoms and signs of heart disease may become unmasked by exposing the heart to the stress of exercise. During exercise, healthy coronary arteries dilate (develop a more open channel) than an artery that has a blockage. This unequal dilation causes more blood to be delivered to heart muscle supplied by the normal artery. In contrast, narrowed arteries end up supplying reduced flow to its area of distribution. This reduced flow causes the involved muscle to “starve” during exercise. The “starvation” may produce symptoms (like chest discomfort or inappropriate shortness of breath), and the EKG may produce characteristic abnormalities. At RGSSH we use motorized treadmill for exercise.