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CARDIOLOGY

CARDIOLOGY

Jurmala city council
Jomas Street 1/5,
Jurmala, LV - 2015
Phone.: +371 67147905
Fax: +371 67147901
e-mail: guntau@jpd.gov.lv

Executive director Gunta Ušpele
guntau@jpd.gov.lv



Registration details:
VAT Nr. LV40008131781
Bank: A/S Swedbank
SWIFT code: HABALV22
Bank Account: LV33HABA0551023531429

 

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Why choose Latvia?

Latvian clinics are high level medical institutions, which provide quality diagnostic and treatment services combining the professional knowledge and vast experience of their doctors, accompanied by the latest technology and high safety standards. For many years now, these services have benefited not only people living in Latvia, but also patients from abroad.

Top reasons why you should choose Latvia:

  1. Modern medical equipment. Modern technology and premium diagnostic equipment that frequently makes it possible to significantly reduce the length of a check-up, improve precision and to avoid alternative invasive methods.
  2. Highly qualified specialists. Latvia’s cardiologists are experienced professionals and members of important international cardiology associations (European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), American Society of Echocardiography and the Association for European Paediatric Cardiology, etc.). Our doctors have completed internships at university hospital in Leipzig, Berlin and  Basel and are continually enhancing their qualifications and knowledge by attending domestic and international seminars and conferences.
  3. Cardiac surgery for children. A specialised cardiac surgery clinic for children conducts an average of 200 cardiac operations on kids a year. Children’s cardiologists have established close working relationships with foreign clinics and regularly take part in experience exchange visits to various children’s cardiology clinics throughout Europe.
  4. Safety and high quality standards. The infrastructure, environment and work organisation at Latvia’s clinics corresponds to the very highest standards of patient care in the European Union.
  5. A specific range of specialised examinations. Cardio check-up programmes make it possible to quickly obtain in-depth information about the full condition of the patient’s heart and vascular system. The programme is optimally planned in accordance with the individual check-up plan.
  6. Diagnostics for patients of all ages. We offer a wide range of diagnostic options for patients of all age groups, that is for both adults and children, right from infancy, as well as foetal examinations for pregnant women.
  7. An individual approach. Successful communication between the patient and his doctors is an important factor in implementing an individual approach to creating a diagnostic plan, specifically focusing on the aspects of health that are currently relevant to the patient. If they wish, we can also collect the patient from the airport and provide individual transport.
  8. No language barriers. Latvian specialists are vastly experienced in working with foreign patients and are proficient in several foreign languages.
  9. Convenient transport and added value – a vacation. Reasonably priced transport is available by sea, air and rail. 77 final destinations are accessible from Riga International Airport. Patients can enjoy Latvia’s beauty and visit the capital of culture in the Baltic States, Riga – an architectural pearl and gastronomic paradise.

 

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Services offered

DIAGNOSTICS

Functional cardiac diagnostics

A wide range of diagnostic tests provide a comprehensive examination of the patient’s heart and blood circulation, ranging from the very simplest test to complicated contemporary methods involving the use of the very latest technology.

 

ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY (ECG)

ECG provides a graphic electronic image of cardio potential, which helps to ascertain the state and function of the myocardium. It is used to determine various latent heart problems.

Test to be conducted: on patients with chest pain, serious heart rhythm problems, enlarged individual sections of the heart and other problems.

 

VELOERGOMETRY (VEM)

A physical stress test with electrocardiogram registration that makes it possible to assess the patient’s physical fitness. The stress test is conducted on a specially equipped bike similar to those you see in the gym. Veloergometry apparatus is available that allow athletes to conduct a stress test using the bike they use for personal training and competition.

Test to be conducted: on patients complaining of pain in the area of the heart, as well as on patients with a pre-existing heart ailment, in order to assess the effectiveness of treatment, risk factors and prognosis.

 

CARDIOPULMONARY STRESS TEST

This stress test simultaneously assesses the function of the cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems, which make it possible to determine the patient’s overall physical working capabilities and the reasons why they are restricted. During the complex stress test, various indicators are analysed, which make it possible to assess the reaction of the body’s most important systems to stress and how they adapt to it. A complex stress test usually takes about 30–45 minutes. This is dependent on the person’s stamina and degree of physical fitness.

 

HOLTER MONITORING

This test helps to identify signs of heart disease, as well as heart rhythm and rate disorders. Holter monitoring provides 18−24 hour ECG recordings with computerised processing and helps to assess how severe heart ailments are and the need for treatment. Holter monitoring is conducted by attaching electrodes to the patient’s chest, which are connected to a small reading device. The device is easy to use and does not hamper the patient’s daily activities.

This test can be performed on young patients who occasionally complain of having a fast pulse, athletes, as well as elderly patients with a history of heart disease.

 

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT) CORONAROGRAM

A test that makes it possible to assess the state of blood vessels in order to determine appropriate treatment. CT not only provides information about the condition of arteries, but also about heart cavities, heart wells, and heart ventricles, etc. This is a painless method that makes it possible to assess the risk of illness and to make forecasts without subjecting the patient to invasive procedures.

Test to be conducted on patients with unusual chest pain syndrome, for stent monitoring, as well as after unsuccessful invasive coronarograms.

 

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY (EchoCG)

A harmless and painless ultrascan examination method that provides extensive information about the heart’s structure and its functional state.

Test to be conducted: EchocG helps to identify congenital or subsequently obtained heart ailments. An echocardiogram can be performed at any age, including on the very youngest patients.

 

FOETAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY (EchoCG)

In cases in which it is suspected that a pregnant woman’s foetus may have a heart pathology, the performance of a foetal echocardiogram is recommended. This is a harmless ultrascan test that helps to determine the anatomy and functioning of the foetus’s heart. During the examination, it is possible to assess heart cavities, ventricles, rhythm and blood flow indicators through valves, arteries and veins. The optimal time to perform a foetal echocardiogram is during weeks 18-20 of pregnancy.

 

CARDIO CHECK-UP PROGRAMMES

Check-up programmes combine a range of prophylactic tests. In conducting a comprehensive health check for prophylactic purposes, it is possible to determine risks and reduce them, preventing the further spread of disease. The content of the cardio programme will be individually devised for each patient, in accordance with the patient’s age, gender, state of health, lifestyle and habits. The basic programme consists of at least the following steps:

  • A visit to a cardiologist/internist;
  • Various analyses;
  • Electrocardiogram;
  • Echocardiography;
  • A concluding visit to a cardiologist.

If necessary, the programme is augmented with other specialised cardiac tests.

 

TREATMENT OF CARDIAC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN

We offer consultative and medical treatment assistance for patients from birth up to the age of 18 years at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital

 

TRANSVASAL HEART OPERATIONS

Transvasal operations are a minimally invasive method that makes it possible to perform an operation without surgical intervention. The operation is performed with the help of a catheter. This method significantly reduces the patient’s recovery period (from several weeks to a few days). Transvasal operations are used to correct congenital heart ailments such as pulmonary artery valve stenosis, aortic valve stenosis, aortic coarctation, atrial septal defects, open arterial vessel, muscular ventricular septal defects, pulmonary artery narrowing, and pulmonary artery valve prosthetics, etc.

 

OPERATIONS IN CONDITIONS OF ARTIFICIAL BLOOD CIRCULATION

Using artificial blood circulation technology, the functions of the heart and lungs can temporarily be undertaken artificial blood circulation apparatus, in order for it to be possible to perform the required manipulations safely and precisely. It is possible to conduct operations such as ventricular septal defect closure, anomalous pulmonary vein drainage correction, Fallot tetrad correction, AVSD correction, double outlet right ventricle, transposition of great arteries, etc.

 

OPERATIONS WITHOUT ARTIFICIAL BLOOD CIRCULATION

Without using artificial blood circulation apparatus, it is also possible to conduct manipulations such as aortic coarctation and hybrid operations in cases of left ventricle hypoplasia etc.

 

PACEMAKER IMPLANTS

Pacemaker implants are performed for children with congenital heart rhythm ailments. In addition, pacemaker telemonitoring is also conducted.

 

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State-of-the-art treatment apparatus and technology

The comprehensive functional diagnostics offered by Latvia’s clinics offer patients the chance to get trustworthy and in-depth information about the state of the health their heart and cardiovascular system from experienced doctors, who use contemporary methods and modern medical equipment.

 

Computed tomography

Multi-layered computed tomography (CT) is modern examination method that combines X-ray and complex computer technology. During the test, about 1,000 cross-section images are produced of the organ being examined, which are electronically processed, resulting in three-dimensional and two-dimensional images, which can be reconstructed on any plane.  In order to improve diagnostic possibilities, a contrasting substance is used in CT scans. Latest generation CT equipment automatically calculates the amount of the contrasting substance required by the patient.

 

Echocardiography and ultrasound

Echocardiogram tests are conducted using premium class ultrasound equipment  specifically designed for heart and blood vessel tests. Using the latest ultrasound apparatus, accompanied by dopplerography, the test will be more informative than it would be if performed with standard apparatus. This improves assessment of the flow of blood to the heart and great arteries, as well as making it possible to evaluate the nuances of structural changes in more detail. Contemporary technology makes it possible to assess not only the structures and functioning of the heart, but also blood flow through the heart’s valves, cavities, arteries and veins.

 

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The diagnostic process – step by step

Individual diagnostic steps will vary from patient to patient, and a detailed range of tests will be determined by each patient’s needs and the state of her health. In choosing to undergo cardiology diagnostics in collaboration with Latvian clinics, the patient can primarily anticipate the development of a close relationship electronically followed by a visit to Latvia.

The general diagnostic process steps are as follows:

 

  1. Electronic communication with the chosen clinic, introduction to specialists and identification of the patient’s needs (via phone calls, e-mails and skype calls).
  2. Arrival in Latvia – the following steps will be planned for performance on specific dates:
    1. Consultations with specialists;
    2. Specified diagnostic tests;
    3. Analysis of results and identification of subsequent treatment steps.

 

The duration of the patient’s visit to Latvia will depend on the necessary tests or the content of the chosen check-up programme.

 

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Treatment price list

Cardio check-up programme From EUR 221
Echocardiography From EUR 57
Electrocardiography   From EUR 12
Veloergometry From EUR 43
Holter monitoring From EUR 43
Cardiopulmonary stress test   From EUR 89

Transvasal heart operations for children

(including anaesthesia costs) 

From EUR 6,769
   

Jurmala city council
Jomas Street 1/5,
Jurmala, LV - 2015
Phone.: +371 67147905
Fax: +371 67147901
e-mail: guntau@jpd.gov.lv

Executive director Gunta Ušpele
guntau@jpd.gov.lv



Registration details:
VAT Nr. LV40008131781
Bank: A/S Swedbank
SWIFT code: HABALV22
Bank Account: LV33HABA0551023531429

 

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