Heart & blood vessels

Prevention

At Confido, we will examine the condition of your cardiovascular system, assess the risk of heart diseases, consult and provide personal suggestions on how to prevent heart disease.

We strongly recommend men to have their risk of heart disease evaluated because they have a higher likelihood of getting the disease.

It is important to pay attention to

  • Keeping the blood pressure and the sugar and cholesterol content of blood in check
  • Exercising and relieving stress
  • Healthy and balanced nutrition and controlling one’s weight
  • Not smoking and controlling your alcohol consumption

Risk assessment examination of cardiovascular diseases

The examination enables to assess the condition of the arteries in a fast and painless manner, to ascertain the likelihood of the development of a heart disease and to diagnose arteriosclerosis and its severity in the early stage of the disease. It is important to notice the pathological changes early on because severe complications such as stroke do not develop until the late stage of the disease.

The examination is prescribed by a cardiac health doctor/cardiologist prof Margus Viigimaa who evaluates its necessity during the consultation. The cost of examination does not include the doctor’s consultation fee.

Price of the examination 55 €
Duration of the examination 15-30 minutes

How is the examination performed?

  • A cuff similar to a blood pressure monitor is placed on the upper arm.
  • The procedure is painless and takes 3–5 minutes. In case of low blood pressure, it could take longer.
  • The procedure does not involve probing of arteries.


We recommend the examination if

  • There have been premature strokes in your family
  • You have been diagnosed a cardiovascular disease
  • You represent many of the risk factors of cardiovascular diseases such as little exercising, overweight, stress

How is the test carried out?

  • A cuff is placed on an upper arm, similar to a blood pressure monitor
  • You are first asked to sit down, and later you are asked to stand. The changes in blood pressure will be monitored in 1 and 2 minutes
  • The examination is painless


The examination is recommended if

  • You suffer from hypertension
  • Your immediate family has experienced early heart attacks or strokes
  • You have several risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as low activity, overweight, stress, etc

Central blood pressure and artery examination

Central blood pressure examination allows to assess a cardiovascular disease progression and risks, assess the state of arteries, determine a cardiovascular risk, and diagnose early on atherosclerosis and its severity. It is important to detect arterial changes as early as possible, as severe complications such as heart attack or stroke occur at advanced stages of the disease.

In addition, the examination also assesses the effect of blood pressure medication. Inappropriate medication can lead to decreased blood pressure and cause dizziness and fainting. Increased central blood pressure means an increased workload for the heart and that can lead to a heart failure. Also, increased pressure is a danger to cerebral arteries, as increased pressure can clog the arteries and result in a stroke.

The examination is carried out by a heart health specialist professor Margus Viigimaa who assesses the need for it during his consultation. The consultation fee will be added to the examination price.

Price of the examination 70 €
Duration of the examination 15-30 minutes

Examination of periphery blood vessels

We recommend the examination if you suspect having a vascular disease or if you would like to consult with our vascular surgeon, Dr. Tiit Kivistik, about previous diagnoses or treatments of vascular disease. The examination includes an assessment of the condition of the vascular system, an analysis of health complaints, an objective check-up and measuring pulse in the extremities.

The doctor will assess whether the complaints and symptoms might stem from a vascular disease, i.e. will perform a differential diagnosis of cases (the differentiation of various vascular diseases). During the examination, the doctor will measure the indirect blood pressure of arteries (ABI test) and/or perform the Doppler ultrasound test. The purpose of these tests is to get a clear understanding of the condition of blood vessels and to suggest a specific plan of treatment and of action. The aim is also to propose a method for treatment and the most suitable clinic and physician for it. Based on this examination, the doctor will also give recommendations about how to prevent future problems from arising or worsening.

Price of the examination 130 €
Duration of the examination 45 minutes

What does the examination include?

  • Complete assessment of the vascular system
  • Doppler ultrasound test
  • ABI test (diagnostics of the arteriosclerotic changes in the arteries of the legs)
  • Vascular surgeon’s assessment of the condition of the blood vessels
  • Treatment plan together with suggestions for its implementation and advice


When is the examination recommended?

  • If you suspect of having a vascular disease
  • If you would like to get an expert opinion on your existing diagnosis
  • If you want your treatment plan evaluated

Drops

Assessing the hereditary risk of thrombosis

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) consists of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism and can often occur due to a combination of risk factors that include hereditary risks as well as lifestyle habits that cause risks. Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of a clot in a deep vein, usually the leg. A Pulmonary embolism occurs when the blood clot in the deep vein breaks loose and moves along the bloodstream into the lungs.

A sample of venous blood is necessary for the test or a scraping from the inside of the cheek. A consultation with our geneticist can be made for advice. The results will be available within two weeks.  

We recommend the test if:

  • You have had venous thrombosis before the age of 50
  • There is a family history of venous thrombosis or a known increase of risk of disease because of a gene variant
  • You have had a heart attack due to smoking before the age of 50
  • You have had venous thrombosis while pregnant, or if you are using birth control pills or hormonal birth control, this risk group also includes women whose family has a history of blood clots or have a gene variant that makes at risk
  • You have a history of pregnancy complications, such as miscarriages