What is cardiology?

As a science, the department of cardiology deals with all diseases and disease risks concerning the heart and circulatory systems.

Heart disease symptoms such as pain felt in the chest area, shortness of breath, numbness in the left part of the body are evaluated initially in the cardiology department. However, the symptoms of heart diseases are not limited to them.

At the Group Florence Nightingale Hospitals Cardiology Center, our cardiologists successfully treat the heart diseases and vascular diseases using current treatment methods.

How to diagnose heart diseases?

When there is a suspicion of cardiovascular diseases, one or more of the following tests are applied to the patient and the treatment process is started.

  • Exercise (stress) Test
  • Holter ECG Test
  • ECHO (Echocardiography)
  • CT Coronary Angiography
  • Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy
  • Cardiac Catheterization

After applying the tests mentioned above, the patient’s heart disease or the risk of heart disease is identified and, based on the disease status, the patient’s treatment is started or, if necessary, the patient is directed to the department of cardiac surgery for surgical procedure.

What is the difference between cardiology and cardiac surgery?

Patients that complain about cardiac disorders or begin to experience symptoms of cardiovascular diseases make an appointment to receive treatment. However, the duration of treatment can be prolonged since cardiology and cardiac surgery departments are often confused. In order to eliminate this confusion and to not prolong the treatment process, it is necessary to be able to distinguish the characteristics of cardiology department from cardiac surgery department.

Although the areas of interest in cardiac surgery and cardiology departments are quite similar, they are separate branches of medicine since the treatment methods offered to the patient are different.

As the symptoms of heart disorders begin to appear, the patient should be examined in the cardiology department first.

If this examination indicates a disease that is unlikely to be treated or controlled by drugs, the patient is directed to the cardiac surgery department for surgical treatment. The patient’s situation and the health risk he carries continue to be monitored by cardiologists even after the patient is directed to the department of cardiac surgery. While getting acquainted with this whole process, it is necessary to know the diseases that the department of cardiology deals with and manages.

Which diseases does cardiology deal with?

First, some tests are applied to the patients who present to the cardiology department with the complaints such as shortness of breath, compression in the chest area, pain and numbness in the left part of the body and the jaw, sweating, and nausea caused by these ailments. The diagnosis of coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, heart failure or heart valve disease is made after one or more of the Exercise Test, Holter ECG, ECHO (Echocardiography), CT Coronary Angiography, Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy and Cardiac Catheterization are performed.

Unlike cardiac surgery that performs surgical treatment, cardiology department is able to treat the cardiac diseases also with medical methods not requiring surgery such as non-surgical aortic valve replacement (TAVI) and pacemaker (pacemaker).

Department of cardiology deals also with hypertension, acute coronary syndrome, ischemic heart diseases, aortic stenosis and insufficiency, cardiac arrhythmias, acute myocarditis, mitral valve stenosis and insufficiency, primary and cardiac tumors, angina pectoris, tricuspid stenosis and similar diseases.

Why Florence Nightingale Cardiology Center?

Group Florence Nightingale Hospitals Cardiology Center provides services with its 30-year experience, strong medical team of expert and experienced cardiologists, and advanced equipment.

In our Cardiology Center, many cardiologic diseases from hypertension to metabolic syndrome and from coronary artery diseases to heart rhythm disorders are successfully treated.

Our experienced specialist physicians who closely follow the latest developments in their field successfully implement the analyses, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in the field of electrophysiology, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, coronary angiography, coronary balloon/stent procedures as well as in the other fields of interventional cardiology.

Echo Laboratory

Echocardiography uses sound waves (ultrasound) to produce images of inner structure and functions of the heart.

Invasive Cardiology

Vessels that supply heart’s muscle tissue are called “coronary vessels”. Atherosclerosis is formation of plagues (produced by fatty accumulation and calcification) in the blood vessel wall.

Nuclear Cardiology Tests

Nuclear Cardiology testing investigates the blood flow to the heart and heart’s function and produces no difficulty to the patient. All tests in Nuclear Cardiology should be completed within few hours during the day and do not require hospitalization.

Treatment of Aortic Valve Stenosis

A healthy heart contracts approximately 70 to 80 times per minute and 100.000 times a day. So, it pumps around 300 liters of blood to the whole body per hour.

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