Why Women’s Heart Care Clinic?
Research has shown that the incidence of coronary artery disease is on the rise in women, with women being almost equally affected as men. In fact, this equal incidence is due to a number of different factors, which include smoking, high stress jobs and oral contraceptive pill use. Additional risk factors come into play, such as obesity, family history of heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes.
The Women’s Heart Care Clinic is aimed at early identification of women who have a high risk of developing heart disease at a young age. By doing so, optimal treatment and guidance can be offered to reduce the risk of heart attacks in the future.
What tests will be performed?
There are a number of different tests that will be performed –
- Laboratory Tests – Hemoglobin, Peripheral Smear, Kidney function tests (Sodium, Potassium, Creatinine), Liver function tests (SGOT, Alkaline Phosphatase), Fasting Blood Sugar, Lipid Profile (Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, VLDL), Thyroid Function Tests, Urine examination.
- Body Mass Index Measurement
- Exercise Tolerance test
- Consultation with our team
How is it performed?
The tests are arranged by appointment only. We request that you observe an overnight fast, and come for the test on an empty stomach. You may take your morning medicines (if you are taking any) with some water, but please do not have any tea or coffee.
Once you arrive, please report to the secretaries who will direct you for a blood test. Following this, an ECG will be performed followed by an echocardiogram. If the echocardiogram is normal, an exercise tolerance test (on a treadmill) will be performed.
The entire process takes around 2 to 3 hours, and you may need to wait for a short while between tests. We request that you keep a few hours free that day so that all the tests can be performed.
Once the tests are complete and you have undergone a clinical consultation and medical examination, a final detailed report will be offered to you that estimates your future risk of developing heart disease. This scoring system is based on the Qrisk and Framingham heart study score.
Am I suitable for this clinic?
Any women between the ages of 30 – 50 years are suitable for this clinic.