Heart disease is the number one cause of death in western ries in spite of the advances that have been made in recent years in the knowledge and control of cardiovascular risk factors. For this reason, an early and accurate diagnosis is essential for an adequate treatment.
The Hospital Universitario La Moraleja offers a comprehensive Cardiology department to meet, in light of modern knowledge and with a high degree of specialism, the demands of the population. Additionally, it has all the technological means to ensure the coverage, both diagnostic and therapeutic, of the different cardiological processes.
As well as care for outpatients in the External Consultations Area and the continued care for inpatients in the Inpatients Area, the Cardiology department supports other departments of the hospital both from a clinical viewpoint and with the completion of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures specific to the specialist area.
At all times the patient's arterial tension and heart rate are monitored electrocardiographically. In special circumstances, it is necessary to inject a radioactive isotope performing an image study with multiples of effort.
The cardiac stress test with isotopes is conducted in collaboration with the hospital's Nuclear Medicine department. Both tests are currently short heart tests (SPECT) which provide additional information to that obtained from the cornerstone test of the non-invasive study of ischemic cardiopathy, enabling the early detection of this disease, its assessment when present and the provision of information on the al class of the patient, etc.
The coronariography is today the gold standard in the study of the coronary arteries. It makes it possible to assess the anatomy, the existence of obstructions and to treat them by the fitting of endo-vascular prosthesis (stents). Furthermore, it is the treatment of choice in acute myocardial infarction by means of primary angioplasty, a procedure carried out at the time of the infarction and which consists in opening the artery responsible.
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