Four key investigations for heart health
The heart bears without protesting anger, joy, emotion, stress, pollution, effort, sleepless nights, endless deadlines. We tend to have the impression that the heart can bear anything, anytime, anytime. But that's not all. There are times when he gets sick without knowing. That's why it's good to go to a preventative control at least once every two years.
Also, if you want your heart to be healthy as long as it is good to take care of your sleep, sleep 8 hours a night. To eat properly, healthy. Do not smoke and limit alcohol consumption. Do not forget about regular physical activities.
Physicians claim that a series of investigations are indicated when a person has certain symptoms. More precisely when the first palpitations, chest pains, headaches, dizziness appear.
Here are the most important investigations:
- Electrocardiogram. This is the first investigation that cardiologists recommend during a routine check-up. It can diagnose and observe heart rhythm abnormalities, signs of coronary ischemia or structural changes in the heart. Careful! If you have a good result, normal at the electrocardiogram does not mean it is not excluded to have, for example, a heart disease.
- Cardiac ultrasound. It is another investigation that brings information about the structure and functions of the heart, the dimensions of the cavities, the thickness of the walls, their contraction, the appearance and functioning of the valves, the possible presence of other structures, guiding guiding the therapeutic decision. It is an analysis that is recommended for patients with symptoms or risk of cardiovascular disease, those with high blood pressure. It is also recommended for smokers or those who have diabetes diagnosis. At the same time, it is an investigation that is done prior to any cardiac intervention procedure.
- The effort test. An investigation that is indicated when there is suspicion of myocardial ischaemia or is recommended for patients with a history of coronary artery disease in the family.
- Coronary angiography. It is the standard method, in fact the best investigation that can establish the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. It is an investigation that is under local anesthesia and lasts for up to an hour.