Chest X-Ray and Electrocardiogram in Hyderabad
What are other imaging tests that are available ?
A:The following tests are invasive and require a needle puncture in an arm vein.
- MUGA scan
- Thallium stress test
- Pharmacological stress test
- PET test The following test may require insertion of a catheter
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
- Cardiac Catheterization – also known as Coronary Angiography (CAG)
- Intravascular ultrasound.
Q: Why is Chest X-Ray done in routine “Master Check ups for the Heart”?
A: A chest X-ray is most .commonly used to detect abnormalities in the lungs, but can also detect abnormalities in the heart, large blood vessel like aorta, and the bones of the thoracic area.
- ECG AND STRESS ECG (TMT)
Q: What is an Electrocardiogram?
A: Electrocardiogram or ECG is the oldest heart test that is still in routine use today. The ECG is a method of recording the electrical activity of the heart. Each heartbeat is caused by a section of the heart generating an electrical signal, which then conducts through specialized pathways to all parts of the heart. These electrical signals also get transmitted through the chest to the skin where they can be recorded.
Q: How is the test performed?
A: An ECG is performed by placing 12 recording leads at certain specific locations on the body. They only record the heart’s electrical activity. They do not produce any electricity of their own. The recording itself takes only a few seconds, Including the setup time and the time to disconnect the leads, the whole procedure takes about 5 minutes.
Q: How to prepare for taking the ECG?
A: It does not require any preparation, except for possibly shaving chest hair to get a better recording Before the ECG, tell your doctor if you are taking any medications. There are no restrictions for food or fluids.
However, ingestion of cold water immediately before an ECG may produce changes in one of the waveforms recorded (the T wave). Exercise (such as climbing stairs) immediately before an ECG may significantly increase your heart rate. You may be asked to remove all jewelry and to wear a hospital gown.
Q: How will the test feel?
An ECG is painless. The test has no know side effects when first applied, the electrodes may be cold and in rare circumstances, you may develop a localized rash or irritation where the patches are placed.