Cardiology

Cardiology is the medical speciality dealing with the diagnosis andtreatment of diseases and disorders of the heart. The cardiologydepartment at Global Health Care Hospital is headed by Dr. Gurpreet Singh who has more than 20 years of experience. Besides, we have a team of well-trained and experienced cardiac care and cath lab technicians and staff nurses.

The cardiology department is equipped with the state of the art Siemens Cath lab and patients are observed in a well equipped 75 bedded ICCU.

NON INVASIVE CARDIOLOGY

Non-invasive cardiology identifies heart problems without using any needles, fluids, or other instruments which are inserted into the body.

TREADMILL TEST

The TREADMILL TEST (TMT) is a test used in medicine and cardiology to measure the heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical environment.

The cardiac stress test is done with heart stimulation, either by exercise on a treadmill, pedalling a stationary exercise bicycle ergometer or with intravenous pharmacological stimulation, with the patient connected to an Electrocardiogram(or ECG).

The cardiac stress test is done with heart stimulation, either by exercising on a treadmill, pedalling a stationary exercise bicycle ergometer or with a intravenous pharmacological stimulation, with the patient connected to an Electrocardiogram(or ECG). The level of mechanical stress is progressively increased by adjusting the difficulty (steepness of the slope) and speed. The test administrator or attending physician examines the symptoms and blood pressure response. With the use of ECG, the test is most commonly called a cardiac stress test, but is known by other names, such as exercise testing, stress testing treadmills, exercise tolerance test, stress test or stress test of ECG.

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

Echocardiography is a test that uses sound waves to produce live images of your heart. The image is an echocardiogram. This test allows your doctor to monitor how your heart and its valves are functioning. The images can help them spot:

  • Blood clots in the heart.
  • Fluid in the sac around the heart.
  • Problems with the aorta, which is the main artery connected to the heart.

HOLTER MONITORING

A Holter monitoring is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records your heart’s activity(ECC) continuously for 24 to 48 hours or longer depending on the type of monitoring used. The device is the size of a small camera. It has wires with silver one rupee coin sized electrodes that attach to your skin. The Holter monitor and other devices that record your ECG as you go about your daily activities are called ambulatory electrocardiograms.

ECG

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a medical test performed to detect heart abnormalities by measuring the electrical activities of the heart.

  • As part of the general examination of the heart
  • To determine the cause of chest pain, breathlessness, dizziness, fainting or rapid, irregular heartbeats (palpitations)
  • To assess how medications or medical devices(such as pacemakers) help keep the disease in control
  • To check the health of the heart when other conditions that affect the heart are present (such as a high blood pressure, a high level of cholesterol, diabetes, smoking or a family history of heart diseases)

ABPM

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is when your blood pressure is being measured as you move around, living your normal it is normally carried over 24 hours. It uses a small digital blood pressure machine that is attached to a belt around your body and which is connected to a cuff around your upper arm. It small enough that you can go about your normal daily life and even sleep with it on.

TEE

Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a test that produces pictures of your heart. TEE uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to make detailed pictures of your heart and the arteries that lead to and from it. Unlike a standard echocardiogram, the echo transducer that produces the sound waves for TEE is attached to a thin tube that passes through your mouth, down your throat and into your esophagus. Because the esophagus is so close to the upper chambers of the heart, very clear images of those heart structures and valves can be obtained.

STRESS ECHO

A stress Echocardiography also called an echocardiography stress test or stress echo is a procedure that determines how well your heart and blood vessels are working.

During a stress echocardiography, you’ll exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike while your doctor monitors your blood pressure and heart rhythm. When your heart rate reaches peak levels, your doctor will take ultrasound images of your heart to determine whether your heart muscles are getting enough blood and oxygen while your Exercise.

INVASIVE CARDIOLOGY

Invasive cardiology uses open or minimally-invasive surgery to identify or treat structural or electrical abnormalities within the heart structure.

CORONARY ANGIOGRAPHY

Coronary angiography involves the study of coronary arteries which supply the heart. It is done by injecting a dye into a peripheral artery.

CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY

It is the procedure of opening blocked coronary arteries and placing a stent.

CAROTID ANGIOGRAPHY AND ANGIOPLASTY

Carotid angiography is an invasive imaging procedure that involves inserting a catheter into a blood vessel in the arm or leg and guiding it to the carotid arteries with the aid of a special x-ray machine.

ALL PERIPHERAL ANGIOGRAPHY

A peripheral angiography is a test that uses x-rays and dye to help your doctor find narrowed or blocked areas in one or more of the arteries that supply blood to your legs. The test is also called peripheral arteriogram.

BIVENTRICULAR ICD

A biventricular (ICD) pacemaker is a special pacemaker used for cardiac re-synchronisation therapy in heart failure patients. In a normal heart, the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) pump at the same time and in sync with heart’s upper chambers (atria) When a person has heart failure, often the right and left ventricle do not pump together. When the heart contractions become out of sync, the the left ventricle is not able to pump enough blood to the body. This eventually leads to an increase in heart failure symptoms, such as shortness of breath, dry cough, swelling in the ankles or legs, weight gain, increased urination, fatigue, or rapid or irregular heartbeat.

AICD

An automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) is a small device, made up of a wire and body, used to continuously check your heartbeat. AICDS are extraordinary machines designed to help the pace of the heart and to deliver a shook if needed. Overall, such devices can speed up or slow down your heart rate, with the ultimate goal of keeping your heartbeat as normal as possible.

BIVENTRICULAR PACING/CRT

CRT or biventricular pacing is a special type of pacemaker for certain patients with heart failure; it is used to recover the heart’s rhythm and treat the symptoms related to Arhythmia. CRT can be equally effective for both men and women.

The procedure companies of implanting a small pacemaker, usually just below the collarbone. The entrenched device paces both the left and right ventricles (both lower chambers, hence also called Bi-Ventricular pacemaker) of the heart concurrently. Three wires(leads) attached to the device monitor the heart rate to identify heart rate abnormalities and procedure tiny pulses of electricity to rectify them. In simple terms, it is ‘resynchronising the destabilised heart to improve its effectiveness.

PERMANENT PACEMAKER IMPLANTATION

Permanent Pacemaker implantation (PPI) may be in the form of single chamber (WI; WIR) pacemaker implantation, Dual chamber (DDD, PDDR) pacemaker implantation and cardiac resynchronisation therapy(CRT).

Permanent pacemaker implantation involves placement of a single wire or lead (single chamber PPI) into the Right ventricular chamber of the heart(WI; WIR) or two wires or leads (Dual chamber PPI), one each into the Right ventricle and the Right atrial chamber of the heart (DDD; DDDR). The entire procedure is done under local anaesthesia and the patient is conscious during the procedure.

BMV, PMV

BMV.PMB.Percutaneous Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty (PBMV) is a procedure to dilate the mitral valve in the setting of rheumatic mitral valve stenosis. A catheter is inserted into the femoral vein, advanced to the right atrium and across the interatrial septum. Then the mitral valve is crossed with a balloon and it is inflated to relieve the fusion of the mitral valve commissures effectively acting to increase the mitral valve area and reduce the degree of mitral stenosis. Mitral regurgitation is contraindicated if moderate or severe via Echocardiography to assess the likelihood of using PBMV based on certain echocardiographic criteria.

PERIPHERAL EMBOLECTOMY

Embolectomy is the emergency surgical removal of emboli which are blocking blood circulation. Embolectomy is an emergency procedure often as the last resort because permanent occlusion of a significant blood flow to an organ leads to necrosis. Other involved therapeutic options are anticoagulation and thrombolysis.

DEVICE CLOSURE- FOR ASD,VSD & PDA

ASD, VSD and PDA are birth defects. Now with device closure procedures, we close these defects without any major open heart surgery and the patient can be discharged the next day.

EP STUDY WITH RF ABLATION

An electrophysiology study is a test to measure the electrical activities of the heart and to diagnose an arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythm of arrhythmia. Both are safe procedures.

Global Healthcare Cardiology Department

Welcome to Global Healthcare (GHC)! We are your super speciality hospital based in Bathinda, Punjab. With our modern medical equipment, and competent and hardworking doctors and staff, our 75 bedded hospital is proud to offer you a state of the art healthcare centre in the city.

Today, we have reached our long-standing goal. As we offer you the complete list of GHC medical departments, on this page you will find a thorough account of the Global Healthcare Cardiology Department. It is, after all, our initial and foremost department since the hospital’s early beginnings.

That said, our strong medical notion will keep our team ceaseless in expanding the hospital, more so to this department. To the greatest extent, we will precisely meet every single need of patients achieving maximum comfort and efficiency. As we continue our vision, we will raise the standards of what has already been our strong foundation in healthcare. We are committed to serving you excellent care at affordable costs.

We hope that you will find the detailed background of our department helpful. For a much faster and simpler find on this page, below are the included topics. You may click on them to be directly headed to what you are looking for.

  • GHC Cardiology Department (Heart Centre)
    • When to see a cardiologist
    • Treatments and services
  • Support GHC Heart Centre
  • Request (Schedule) an appointment
  • GHC other medical centres

GHC Heart Centre

From the term ‘cardio’ that means ‘heart’, this is a branch of medicine dealing with the analyses, diagnosis, preventions, and treatments of disorders and diseases of the heart as well as other parts of the circulatory system. Such heart illnesses and complications include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inborn heart defects
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Heart infection
  • Valve problems
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiac arrest

And many others… 

6 signs when to see a cardiologist

Heart diseases share common causes, such as excessive smoking, drugs, diabetes, high blood pressure, stress, or a mere family history. Below are the following risk factors that develop higher chances of developing heart diseases.

  1. Age: When you already have a damaged and weakened heart, aging could increase your risk as all of the heart’s structures become more rigid.
  1. Family history: Just because you haven’t dealt with it doesn’t mean it will never come. Never underrate the power of genes as you may develop more risk once you have reached the adult stage. If anyone in your family has or had a severe heart problem, consider attending a heart doctor.
  1. Sex: Studies state that men are commonly at greater risk of having heart disease. The women’s risk, on the other hand, occurs the most after their menopause. 
  1. High total cholesterol: A normal total cholesterol level for adults is less than 200 mg/dL. When you haven’t been diagnosed with a heart disease and your level of cholesterol goes beyond the normal count oftentimes, that’s when you really need to meet a doctor.
  1. Smoker: Whether you were or are a smoker, you should frequently meet a doctor in order to monitor your risks of heart diseases. Smoking is a huge factor in getting a heart problem, hence it is one of the deadliest killers every year. W.H.O. reports that more than 8 million people have died as a direct result from smoking.
  1. Gum disease: This is a serious illness, where infection damages your teeth’s soft tissue and bones. It is often linked that patients who have swollen gums have heart disease. 

GHC Heart Centre treatments

GHC is confident in treating your heart disease as the department is headed by Director Dr. Gurpreet Singh. Apart from his 20 years of experience, Dr. Singh is surrounded by a team of well-trained cardiac care doctors, cath lab technicians, and staff nurses. 

Above all, the Heart Centre is equipped with state of the art Siemens Cath Lab. With this equipment, our devoted doctors and staff nurses are proud to offer you minimally invasive diagnosis and surgical treatments. Below are our general and widely sought after treatments:

  1. Non Invasive Practice

This practice contains different methods of diagnosis, preventions, and treatments of heart problems that avoid insertion in any part of the skin or a close contact with a person’s mucosa.

  • Diagnosis | Treadmill Test (TMT) or Bicycle Stress

This non-invasive method, or cardiac stress test, measures the person’s heart ability to respond to external stress by running on a treadmill or cycling on a bike. This test compares your heart’s rate and performance when at rest versus during exercise.

  • Diagnosis | Holter monitoring

A Holter monitor is a small, battery-operated device that is worn on you. It measures, records, and displays your heart’s activity for a day or two. This device is often suggested to patients when doctors see their symptoms like irregular heart rhythms.

  • Diagnosis | Cardiac Imaging

This is a non-invasive, painless test that makes detailed footage of your heart. By using either ultrasound, MRI, CT, or NM imaging, doctors can study your heart’s structure and locate tissue damages. As a result, this aids the following steps needed to take, such as surgical planning.

  • Treatment | Drug Therapy

When heart conditions are heart attacks, high blood pressure, and/or the hardening of arteries, these problems can successfully solve through medication.

  • Treatment | Cardiac Recovery

GHC’s Cardiac Recovery is a key treatment for patients who have had heart problems and are struggling for maintenance. Here at GHC, we care for patients not only during treatments but also after. One by one, we send home one healthy patient at a time. 

  1. Invasive Practice

Invasive Practice contains methods and treatments that require invasion (entering) the person’s body.

  • Diagnosis | Coronary Angiography

This is a common low invasive procedure where doctors study coronary arteries by injecting a dye into a peripheral artery. This technique allows doctors to determine if the heart’s arteries are blocked or narrowed. 

  • Treatment | Heart Surgery

Whatever affected part of a person’s circulatory system is covered by GHC. Our team of cardiac surgeons has performed well throughout their decades of career. Although an invasive treatment, heart surgery can help maintain a person’s life.

Schedule an appointment

Here at GHC, we wish to lighten your worries through our online scheduling system. This allows a more transparent system and detailed track of record for both doctors and patients.

The form below is for the following people:

  1. If you have never been a patient at the GHC hospital (no records of that matter); or
  2. If you are already a patient here at GHC hospital but wish to schedule a check-up with a different doctor; or
  3. If you are already a patient here at GHC hospital but wish to apply for an HMO provider.

To our regular patients, you may directly call your doctor’s office if you wish to schedule an appointment. The office assistant will contact you within 3 working days for the confirmation.

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A life to give: Support GHC Heart Centre

For decades, GHC continues to provide excellent care to patients. When you support the GHC Heart Centre or the branch of cardiology for that matter, you are also making a great and substantial impact in the field of medicine. You allow us to produce more and be far better in research and patient care.

Visit GHC other medical centres

To find more of the hospital’s offered medical departments, please visit our Global Healthcare Hospital Departments page. 

Be Better and Feel Better with GHC | Give Us a Call

Dear future patients, now is the time to prevent any severe illnesses. Whether physical or mental pain, entrust your health issues under the care of GHC. For questions outside the Cardiology Department, you may find our contact details on our Contact Us page. From there, you could also send us a request or message by filling out our contact form. 

We care for your health and safety, and we will do our best to respond to your queries in no time. We look forward to hearing from you.