Cardiovascular diseases are typical of our age and are promoted by stress, sedentary lifestyles, poor nutrition and harmful habits. Increasing numbers of younger people are affected each year.
If you experience pain in the chest area, an erratic heartbeat and shortness of breath after slight activity – do not hesitate to check your heart health. At least once a year, check blood pressure, remember the basic principles of healthy eating, and check the lipids and cholesterol in the blood. High blood pressure and high low-density cholesterol is an important risk factor for serious cardiovascular diseases, but often does not cause any symptoms.
Cardiology specialists give consultations and draw up a comprehensive plan for an examination to assess the severity of disease, and select the most appropriate treatment.
We can perform a variety of heart examinations:
- Electrocardiogram at rest (ECG);
- Cardiac stress test;
- Ultrasound exams – echocardiography and Doppler (including transoesophageal) – also for children;
- Holter monitoring (24 hour ECG recording);
- Continuous computerized blood pressure registration.
The ARS Medical Center is the only Latvian out-patient institution where it is possible to perform a multilayer CT coronary angiography using modern 64-layer CT equipment. CT coronary angiography is a non-invasive method of heart (coronary) vascular permeability determination. Unlike invasive coronary angiography, CT coronary angiography does not require vascular catheterisation. The method is well tolerated, painless and performed on an outpatient basis.
We care for patients who suffer from chronic heart diseases. Cardiovascular diseases often occur together with diabetes, atherosclerosis affects the blood vessels of the brain, and other organ systems can be damaged too – kidneys, eyes. Therefore, various specialists are involved in the treatment process such as endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, nephrologists, neurologists, nutritionists and others.
Children also may suffer from cardiovascular diseases – ailments of the heart valves or the heart muscle changes. In our clinic consultations are given by our paediatric cardiologist and echocardiography specialist Dr. Inguna Lubaua. We perform foetal echocardiography and Doppler echocardiography examinations in cases of familial congenital heart diseases or in cases of suspected foetal heart disease during pregnancy.