A one-stop center for heart care, diagnosing cardiac conditions and rehabilitating patients
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In terms of caring for patients with cardiovascular conditions, you can be sure Makati Medical Center wears its heart on its sleeve.
MakatiMed’s Heart Station provides care and service of the highest quality to patients with known or suspected heart disease or disorder. Staffed by highly experienced medical practitioners and support personnel, the Heart Station offers a comfortable and convenient environment and advanced facilities for the early and accurate detection of heart ailments and the management of these diseases.
It is comprised of two divisions. The Cardiovascular Diagnostic Laboratory conducts diagnostic procedures to detect an existing heart disorder, while the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology Unit provides rehabilitation to individuals with heart conditions, and guides patients in recovering from a heart attack, coronary Angioplasty, cardiac bypass surgery, or any other serious cardiac event.
Below are the diagnostic procedures being offered by the Laboratory:
• Rest Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) is the simplest and most frequently performed test for the detection of heart disease or disorder, such as abnormal heart rate, enlargement or inadequate heart circulation.
• Treadmill Exercise Stress Test determines the adequacy of blood and oxygen circulation of the heart during physical stress. The procedure may also reveal important abnormalities of heart rhythm and blood pressure.
• 24-Hour Ambulatory ECG (Holter) Monitoring is a 24-hour evaluation of the heart’s electrical activity. The test may uncover important heart rate or rhythm abnormalities or disturbance, or inadequacy of blood circulation to the heart during a patient’s usual activities.
• Two-Dimensional Echocardiography and Doppler Studies (2DEcho) is a highly accurate examination which reveals valuable information about the heart’s structure and function through the use of high frequency sound called ultrasound. The examination is completely safe and performed frequently even on children and pregnant women.
• 2D Echocardiogram with Contrast is a standard echocardiogram procedure which visualizes and detects the integrity of certain heart structures, particularly the heart valves, and abnormal communication within the heart called “shunts”.
• Exercise Stress Echocardiogram combines a standard treadmill stress and echocardiogram examination for detection of inadequacy of heart muscle function and blood circulation of the heart.
• Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is a method of recording regular blood pressure (BP) readings, usually over a 24- or 48-hour period, as a patient goes about his or her usual daily activities.
• Pharmacological (Dobutamine) Stress Echocardiogram is an excellent alternative method for detection of heart ischemia for patients who are physically incapable of treadmill exercise.
• Transesophageal Echocardiogram is an alternative way to visualize certain heart structures using a specialized probe passed through the patient’s esophagus.
• Tilt Table Test is used to determine the cause of syncope or loss of consciousness (fainting).
The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology Unit offers a physician-supervised rehabilitation program designed to address important issues that influence patient recovery.
The program involves medical evaluation, prescribed exercise education on coronary risk factor, and counseling and behavioral interventions.
In-patient Early Ambulation Program – Phase 1
This aims to prevent or reverse the deleterious effects of prolonged bed rest, and improve emotional or psychological status during recovery. It also aims to assist in the patient’s early resumption to basic activities to promote independence.
Out-Patient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program – Phase 2
Phase 2 aims to achieve an optimum functional level of physical conditioning and cardiovascular fitness appropriate to a patient’s occupation and lifestyle, and assist a patient’s safe and gradual return to work.
Cardiovascular Fitness Program – Phase 3
Phase 3 program helps patients maintain a healthy level of fitness. Patients who have completed rehabilitation under Phases 1 and 2 and who have passed certain criteria are eligible for Phase 3. Phase 3 offers a more independent and dynamic exercise protocol hence the need for an individual to meet minimum required exercise capacity.
Phase 3 is also appropriate for an individual who have no cardiac disease but who possesses cardiac risk factors such as Obesity, a genetic predisposition to heart disease, Diabetes Mellitus, and others.
The Heart Station is located at the 3rd Floor Tower 2 and open from 7 AM to 7 PM from Monday to Saturday. The diagnostic procedure ECG is available at the Emergency Department when the Heart Station is closed.
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