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At IPC we practice the principle of accurate diagnosis followed by prompt treatment. For this our centres are geared up with advanced hi-tech equipments for accurate qualitative and quantitative diagnosis. At IPC we have in-house, Non-invasive diagnostic methods like ECG, Tread mill test, 2 D Echo and colourDoppler, SphygmoCor, Holter monitoring, Ambulatory monitoring, Pulmonary Function Test.

Blood test

Through our hi-tech pathology lab we do various tests to evaluate risk factors for heart disease. We check your Lipid profile, Apo lipoprotein, Lipoprotein, Homocysteine levels, C reactive proteins. They help us in identifying whether you have risk for developing blockages.

ECG

It is basic simple test to know your heart rate; whether heart beats are regular/irregular. Any scars of previous heart attack can be identified on ECG or fresh heart attack or changes of less blood supply to heart during chest pain could be documented. But one important thing is that a normal cardiogram does not mean that you don’t have blockages.

Stress Test

Stress test is an exercise ECG where different leads are put on your chest and you are made to walk on a treadmill .The principle behind this is when you are walking your heart rate increases and the demand for the blood supply increases. You may feel chest discomfort or Doctor may find ECG abnormality when there is less blood supply because of the blockages.

2D Echo and colour doppler

In this scan we study working of a heart as a pump .We see all 4 chambers, valves of the heart and in colourDoppler we make a note of blood flow across various valves and chambers. Damage to heart muscles after heart attack reduces the pumping capacity .Normal pumping capacity of heart is (Ejection Fraction - 60%).This test finds out presence of any leakage and narrowing of valves apart from detecting any congenital abnormality like holes in the heart.

StressEcho

This is to study complete function of heart at rest and at stress. It is mainly used in Ischemic Heart Disease, to diagnose if there is shortage of blood supply to the heart and picked up as regional wall motion abnormality on2D Echo.

Holter Monitoring

It is an ECG recording which is done over the period of 24 hrs through a small equipment attached to the patient’s chest region. This helps us in diagnosing rhythm disorders of the heart and specially useful in cases to detect less blood supply to heart who cannot perform stress test. Ambulatory BP Monitoring: It is the recording and monitoring of 24 hr Blood pressure. It helps the patient and the physician in correct diagnosis, effect of drug, correlation between the activity pattern and blood pressure variation etc.

Sphymocor

It provides tools for non-invasive assessment of the cardiovascular system, focused on central blood pressures, measures of arterial stiffness which was so far possible only through invasive procedure. It derives the pressure wave at the ascending aorta from an external measurement taken at the radial artery. SphygmoCor testing is painless, quick and provides instant test results.

At IPC we believe in honest medical opinion hence in some cases we do require certain minimally invasive and invasive diagnostic methods to get accurate diagnosis.

In selected cases we advise CT coronary angiography which is non-invasive and IPC has tie-up with leadingcentres in Mumbai.

  1. CT Coronary Angiography: It is non invasive test (as it does not uses catheter) to see the blockages in the coronary arteries. A special intravenous dye is used so that angiograph can be taken.
  2. Stress Thallium: As angiography only tells about the structure of heart this test better correlates with the function of the heart .The heart function can be assessed by injecting radioactively labeled substances called tracers into the vein. The distribution of these tracers is identified in muscles with normal and abnormal blood supply.
  3. Angiography : It is invasive procedure where a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in your leg/hand and guided into your heart then to the origin of the coronary arteries and its progress is watched on an x-ray screen by the Doctor. A special dye is then injected via catheter so that angiograph can be taken. IPC recommends angiography only in selected cases where coronary revascularization is required by the patient on urgent basis.
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