Looking for an English cardiologist in Barcelona?
In our cardiology unit, we fully take care of you to assess cardiovascular risk factors and treat patients already suffering from heart disease.
The specialist doctors who work in our medical clinic in Barcelona are fully aware of the role of prevention and early diagnosis. They also manage coronary complications and work on rehabilitation at all levels.
Turó Park Dental & Medical Center is formed by a team of multilingual general practitioners and specialists trained in the best European universities and with many years of experience.
If you need to consult a cardiologist, you will be able to make an appointment with Dr. Juan Carlos Portugal, who specializes in trans-esophageal echocardiography and sports cardiology or Dr. Jordi Juliá, associate member of the American College of Cardiology and of the Catalan, Spanish and European Societies of Cardiology and referenced at the French Consulate in Barcelona.
Our two specialists are fully equipped to take care of all your cardiac pathologies and offer you monitoring of the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system if you are among those at risk.
Cardiological care provided by our specialist doctors in Barcelona
- First Consultation and follow-ups
- Second opinion
- Cardiology Check-Ups
- Sports Aptitude Cardiovascular Check-Up
- Cardiac Testing
Cardiac tests performed at the clinic
An echocardiogram is non-invasive real-time test that will provide information about the heart structure (dimension, thickness and morphology) and function (contraction, wall abnormalities, capacity, valvular abnormalities).Procedure
While lying down an ultrasound probe is placed in your thorax to display real time images of your heart.Indication
It allows to detect subclinical conditions that might be addressed early to avoid disease.
An electrocardiogram is a test to measure the electrical activity of the heart. It provides information regarding the rhythm, the frequency and about conduction abnormalities that might develop inside the heart.Procedure
While resting 10 electrodes attached to your body will register the activity of the heart for 10 seconds without any harm or danger.Indication
It has been historically considered the first cardiology basic test to rule-out disease.
It's a test to measure the electrical activity of your heart during a complete day. It performs the recording of a continuos electrocardiogram during awake and sleeping hours.Procedure
5 electrodes will be held in your thorax to record 3 leads of electrocardiogram for an entire day including sleeping hours. The patient is scheduled to come for the holter to be placed (15 minutes) and to come back the next day to remove it (15 minutes). The device is portable and allows the patient to perform his common daily activities.Indication
It’s the best test to detect common arrhythmias that might occur daily or almost in daily basis. It also allows to measure the arrhythmic charge and the average frequency of the heart being useful to control the response to medication.
It’s the ultimate test to measure blood pressure and diagnose or rule-out hypertension. Further on, allows to confirm the efficacity of treatment.Procedure
It’s a portable device that will automatically measure the blood pressure during a whole-day routine including the night-hours.Indication
This several measurements will allow not only to identify the average blood pressure but also how it reacts during the day, the peaks, the minimal values and also will give us the information about it’s behaviour during the night hours.
It's a test to measure the functional capacity of your heart. Serial electrocardiograms and blood pressure measurements are performed from rest to the maximal effort and through the recovery period.Procedure
The patient will exercise in a static bicycle whit increasing resistance for 8 to 12 minutes until the maximal effort is achieved. The doctor will monitor the Electrocardiograms in real-time and perform several blood pressure measurements in all the stages of exercise.Indication
It allows to detect exercise capacity and aptitude, ischemic heart disease, hypertensive heart disease and arrhythmic heart disease.
The VO2 Max Test is the ultimate assessment of your full performance capacity and the two ventilatory thresholds to determine the Exercise Heart Rate Zones. It gives you accurate information about your current performance and help guide your training.Procedure
The Metalizer 3-B By Cortex Medical, available at our center is the most accurate device to provide the measurements that will guide your training. The system allows a complete medical analysis of the functionality of a person's lung, heart and metabolism at rest and under stress.Indication
- To assess your full performance
- To monitor the progress of your training.
- To know your heart zones and plan the most efficient training
- To avoid cardiac fatigue and boost your progression
A CPET, also know as the VO2 Max test is the ultimate non-invasive assessment “gold standard” of your performance capability and aerobic fitness. It examines how well the lungs, heart, and muscles work individually and together.Procedure
As in the cardiac stress test, the patient will be asked to exercise at increasing resistance in a bicycle until maximal exertion is reached while having his cardiac activity monitored by electrocardiograms, blood pressure measured at regular intervals and a face masf attached to measure the breath by breath, ventilation, oxygen consumption and carbon dioxyde production.Indication
- Measure your full exercise capacity/performance.
- Know the adequate heart-rate / workload training zones for your objectives.
- Identify your fitness level and the aerobic fitness progression.
- Improve the exercise and aerobic capacity in deconditioned or cardiac patients with the adequate exercise prescription.
During a VO2 Max Test or CPET it's possible to continuously record your breathing pattern an ventilation. People that will suffer from obstructive or restrictive pulmonary diseases will develop certain findings that might guide your diagnosis.Procedure
While doing a VO2 Max Test or CPET, you'll have to breathe into a small machine called a spirometer.Indication
It's especially helpful in exercise-induced-asthma or exercise-induced-bronchoespasm.
Our English-speaking cardiologists
What to know before your visit to the cardiologist: advice from our specialists
To get the most out of your cardiologist appointment, it is essential to be well prepared:
- Take stock of your family history of heart or cardiovascular disease.
- Gather all your medical exams and blood tests from the last few months.
- List all the treatments and medications that you regularly use.
This will make it easy for you to answer the cardiologist's questions and facilitate the diagnosis.
English-speaking cardiologist in Barcelona: FAQ
Cardiology is the medical specialty that focuses on the cardiovascular system as a whole, i.e. the heart and vessels (arteries and veins). If you suffer from any declared heart disease (high blood pressure, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders, angina pectoris, atherosclerosis) or if you have had a particular problem affecting the cardiovascular system (especially in the case of myocardial infarction), you will need to be followed regularly by a cardiologist.
But beyond the care provided to patients suffering from heart problems, the cardiologist also has an important role to play in prevention, and it is in the best interest of those considered at risk to consult him: diabetics, overweight patients, hypertensive patients, hypercholesterolemic patients, smokers, etc. The same goes for people suffering from symptoms that may be related to heart disease (shortness of breath, palpitations, chest pain, heart murmur, etc.).
Cardiovascular diseases are still the main cause of death in most Western countries and whether you live in Barcelona or are just passing through, it is important that you know who to consult if you have concerns about your cardiovascular system.
During a first visit, the cardiologist will ask the patient at length about his or her lifestyle habits (tobacco and alcohol consumption, diet, physical activity, etc.) as well as his or her medical and family history. In a second step, he performs cardiac and pulmonary auscultation, measures blood pressure, and may possibly perform an electrocardiogram. This examination is completely painless and allows the specialist to check the heart's rhythm and to detect possible heart rhythm disorders.
Depending on the patient's history and medical history, other complementary examinations can also be scheduled: cardiac and/or vascular ultrasound, coronary angiography, scintigraphy or MRI.
A cardiopulmonary maximal effort test is a test consisting of recording an electrocardiograph on a subject in full physical exercise, most often on a cycle ergometer (a kind of bicycle where a progressive brake is applied) or a treadmill, as well as a measurement of his maximum oxygen consumption during effort (VO2 max).
This type of test is often indicated to follow the evolution of medical treatment, to perform a check-up before or after surgery or to diagnose a respiratory problem. In athletes, this test is also used to improve sports monitoring and to refine their training program.
Depending on the indication, this test can be supplemented by a blood gas analysis (precise measurement of the oxygen and carbon dioxide content in the blood) before and after the effort.
If you would like to carry out a maximum cardio-respiratory effort test in Barcelona, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with one of our specialists.