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Cardiology

An address for the ones, who know that the way to a long, healthy and fit life passes through protecting the health of the heart…

Department of Cardiology renders healthcare services with its cutting edge technological equipment and infrastructure in accordance with the purpose of protecting cardiac health and diagnosing and managing diseases and disorders of heart and blood vessels. Check-up programs are attached first priority in order to diagnose cardiovascular diseases early, which are among pioneering causes of death worldwide.

Procedures Performed at Cardiology Clinic;

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

This procedure is a principal part of cardiologic evaluation and it records electrical activity of heart in order to evaluate conduction system of the heart.

Cardiac Stress Test (Treadmill test, Exercise Stress Test)

Cardiac stress test is one of many tests that are used to investigate current status of cardiovascular diseases. It is used to determine cardiac reaction to exercise, exercise capacity and whether the blood supply to heart is enough at challenging condition, which is sufficient to meet needs at resting.

Patient walks on a treadmill during exercise test. Pace and inclination of treadmill are adjusted by doctor. ECG traces are recorded and blood pressure is measured at pre-determined intervals, while patient is walking on treadmill at a certain pace. This test is always performed under supervision of a physician at Cardiology

Clinic of Istanbul Cerrahi Hospital.

Trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE)

This method is used to visualize and evaluate structure and function of heart with ultrasound in order to diagnose all structural disorders of heart (cardiac muscle diseases, heart failure, valve diseases, congenital heart diseases, tumors and clots in heart, aortic diseases etc.).

Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)

This endoscopic procedure is performed by inserting a tube, equipped with an ultrasound probe in one end, into esophagus. Since esophagus is located posterior to the heart, heart and pericardiac vessels can be clearly visualized with TEE. It is used to visualize clots in heart, when superficial echocardiography is not sufficient to visualize them, and to evaluate heart valves before, during and after surgery, along with investigating aortic rupture suspect. The procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes including pre-procedural preparations.

Stress Echocardiography

It is a safe and easy technique that provides important information. Stress is induced by walking on treadmill at a certain pace or by administering a drug (Dobutamine) into a vein in arm.  The principle is ultrasonographic evaluation of heart before and after stress. Stress echocardiography is used to understand whether there is an occlusion in vessels that supply blood to heart, whether there is a need of interventional therapy in patients who have borderline occlusion in vessels and to evaluate severity of a cardiac valve disease.

Holter (Ambulatory ECG -Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring)

ECG Holter

Heart rhythms are recorded with a mobile phone-sized recording device that can be attached to the belt and with ECG electrodes for at least 24 hours. Holter device continues recording ECG while patient is doing daily life routines. When any complaint develops, patient pushes a button on recorder in order to mark the event. This technique can be resumed for 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours depending on frequency of palpitations. At the end of recording interval, device is removed and resultant data is analyzed on computer.

It is frequently used in presence of complaints such as palpitation, dizziness, fainting, syncope, hot flush and black out which are suggestive of rhythm disorder.

Blood Pressure Holter

It is a medical device that is attached to arm, measures blood pressure at 20-30 minute intervals and documents the data. The device measures blood pressure automatically at pre-set intervals for 24 hours including sleep time. The individual continues daily life routines throughout this period. At the end of the interval, device is removed and recorded data is analyzed on computer.

Multi-slice Computerized Tomography Coronary Angiography (CT Angiography)

In İstanbul Cerrahi Hospital, coronary arteries can be scanned with low-dose contrast agent and radiation by cutting edge technology “Aqıilion One 640  Sliced Computerized Tomography” device without using catheter. A contrast agent, which stains vessels, is injected at a time into a vein in arm. Scans are run within a short time (0.3 second), while patient is holding breath. These three-dimensional images are evaluated by a physician. Plaques in coronary arteries and stenosis secondary to former one are identified. Moreover, risk of coronary artery disease is determined by measuring calcium score of coronary arteries.
 

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