In Holter monitoring (ambulatory electrocardiography), a lightweight, portable monitor records the electrocardiogram for 24 hours while the wearer goes about his or her normal day. This study can be useful in diagnosing abnormal heart rhythm symptoms.
Since sound waves travel poorly through the bone, lung, and thick chest walls, the ultrasonic examination may be difficult in certain people. These patients may have a Tran esophageal echocardiogram (TEE), which uses a special probe passed into the esophagus so that an ultrasonic picture of the heart can be obtained without interference from the lungs or ribcage.
This is a procedure to examine blood flow to the heart and test how well the heart is pumping. A thin plastic tube (catheter) is inserted into an artery in the arm or leg. From there, it is advanced into the chambers of the heart or into the coronary arteries. The Interventional Cardiologist who does this procedure is able to get information about the pumping ability of the heart muscle and also the freeness of the blood flow in the Coronaries. The block, if any, in the Coronary arteries is evaluated through this diagnostic procedure.
Coronary angioplasty is a medical procedure in which a balloon is used to open a blockage in the coronary artery, which is narrowed by atherosclerosis. The opening of the blocks enables the blood to flow to the heart. Atherosclerosis is a condition in which a material called plaque builds up on the inner walls of the arteries. This can happen in any artery, including coronary arteries, and such a condition is termed coronary artery disease (CAD).
Angioplasty is aimed at: