Dr. Manuel Bullón is a leading cardiologist, graduated in Medicine from the University of Santiago. He is an expert in atrial fibrillation and has more than a decade of experience.
Visiting the cardiologist
In the first phase of the visit to the cardiologist, after knowing the reason for the consultation or ailment, the patient will undergo a physical examination to determine vital signs such as Heart Rate (HR), Blood Pressure (BP), Respiratory Rate (RF) and Oxygen Saturation (SatO2), from which clues can be gleaned to help make a correct diagnosis. It is important to visit the cardiologist when the patient feels that something is not going well may prevent serious cardiovascular diseases. This is why it is of great importance to pay attention to the body’s alarm signals, which act as a preventive warning of possible serious pathologies.
Complementary tests for diagnosis
Other tests such as: a complete blood analysis, a chest X-ray and an electrocardiogram can help to make an accurate diagnosis. The echocardiogram is to study cardiac function during exercise, since the greatest deficiencies that the heart may suffer will be during the physical demands of exercise.
A complete study of the heart
After performing all these tests, the study of the patient’s heart would be quite complete, but there are still a couple of very simple tests that provide vital information on the functioning of the heart and its therapeutic needs: the holter-ECG and the holter-TA.