Technology For Heart Care

At BLK, our comprehensive care for our patients goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment approaches. We aim to ensure that each and every patient under our care provided with the full continuum of healthcare services. Our experts use the latest and advanced technology comprises of offerings important for a faster and healthier recovery cycle.

Pacemakers: It is a small electronic device that is implanted below the collar bone and it automatically monitors and regulates the heartbeat, by transmitting electrical impulses to stimulate the heart when it is beating too slowly.

Automatic implantable defibrillator (AICD) It is a kind of very advanced Pacemaker. It continuously monitors your heartbeat and delivers precisely calibrated electrical shocks to correct the arrhythmia and can prevent sudden cardiac death.

Electrophysiology Study (EP Study) It is used to study the electrical function of your heart and locate abnormal sites of electrical activity.
 

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

It is a procedure to cure the abnormal heart rhythm by destroying the abnormal pathway or focus that causes it. It is often performed as part of an EP study. During an EP study, the abnormal pathway or focus is identified. Special catheters that deliver radiofrequency energy are introduced into the blood vessels percutaneously and directed into the heart to the site of abnormal pathway or focus. This procedure is a nonsurgical technique done under local anaesthesia with mild sedation and the patient gets discharged the next day after overnight monitoring. Catheter ablation has a high success rate (95-99%) for some arrhythmias. After successful catheter ablation, the condition is usually cured and medications may no longer be necessary.

Strain Rate Imaging

It is the most advanced method in echocardiography (medical ultrasound), use for measuring regional or global deformation of the heart muscle (myocardium). The deformation of the heart muscles means a change in the shape and dimensions of heart muscles during the cardiac cycle. 

TMT, Exercise, and Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

A Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram is a test done to analyse how well the heart works under stress. Dobutamine is put in a vein of the heart and causes it to beat faster. It replicates the effects of exercise on the heart.

2D / 3D Echo, Color Doppler

The device uses to determine the size of your heart and to evaluate how well the heart is functioning or pumping. It also helps in assessing the structure and function of the valves within the heart.

  • Vascular Doppler

Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)

It is a kind of test that is used to get pictures of the patient’s heart. It uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to get detailed pictures of the heart and arteries (coming to the heart and going out from it).

  • Contrast 2D Echo / TEE
  • 2D TEE
  • 3D TEE
  • Dyssynchrony Assessment Echo

Holter Monitor

It is a small wearable device that is used to keep track of the heart rhythm of the patient’s heartbeats. A patient has to wear it for one or two days, during that time the device records all heartbeats and provide with enough information about the patient’s heart condition.

External Loop Recorders

It is the newest way to monitor heart rate. The test is performed for arrhythmia detection, syncope assessment as well as for unexplained dizziness. The device records the patient’s heart rate for up to 7 days at a stretch and provides an accurate measure for various heart diseases/conditions.

128 Slice CT Scan

It is one of the most advanced ways to provide three-dimensional images of the heart for patients with various cardiac or respiratory conditions. When compared with other types of scanners it offers faster, safer, more accurate diagnosis and high-quality images.

CT Coronary Angiography

A computerized tomography (CT) coronary angiogram is one of the most commonly used imaging tests that provide a detailed view of the arteries responsible for supplying blood to your heart. It is also used to diagnose the cause of chest pain or other symptoms.

Head-Up Tilt Table (HUTT) Test

The test is performed to find out the cause of fainting spells. A patient has to lie on the bed and is lifted up to different angles (from 30 to 60 degrees) while the machine monitors
●    Blood pressure
●    Electrical impulses in the heart
●    Oxygen level

 

Te99 SPECT Nuclear Cardiac Scans  It is an imaging test for heart and is a non-invasive procedure. The doctors will recommend this scan in order to learn about any underlying coronary heart disease or if the patient has suffered a heart attack in the past. During the procedure, radioactive tracers are injected into the bloodstream. The picture of the heart is then taken through a gamma camera which picks up a clear picture of your heart. 

PET Scans for Myocardial Viability Studies -The PET scan is done to study myocardial blood flow in the heart. This is done to analyse the amount of damage in the heart after a heart attack. The scan helps doctors in deciding the treatment for a patient. This test is also done through radioactive tracers wherein the picture is taken through a PET camera. 

Cardiac MRI: Cardiac MRI or Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)-It is a more specialised test to ascertain heart conditions and help doctors in deciding the treatment procedure ahead. It is usually done after some inconsistency is visible in a patient’s chest X-ray and CT Scans. This procedure is also done by injecting dye into your blood vessels. A patient will then be asked to lie down on a table and will be shifted to a tunnel-like machine which is called MRI. 

Renal Perfusion Scans -This scan is done to study blood flow obstruction to kidneys. It helps the doctor in determining the narrowing of renal arteries in the case of renal artery stenosis. 
Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) 

It is a catheter-based imaging technology that provides an advanced view of a coronary artery from the inside-out. It generates a real-time cross-sectional image that helps to gather information about the

  • Presence and extent of disease 
  • Plaque geometry and morphology 
  • Guidewire position during lesion crossing 
  • Stent position post-treatment

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) - It is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to produce high-resolution intracoronary images. It has catheters with a single optical fiber that emits infrared light and use as an intervention tool for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) guidance.

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