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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 are performed for children with congenital heart rhythm ailments. In addition, pacemaker telemonitoring is also conducted.
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.
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.
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:
The duration of the patient’s visit to Latvia will depend on the necessary tests or the content of the chosen check-up programme.
|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|