An Electrocardiogram is a test that detects heart abnormalities by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts. ECG’s help diagnose heart arrhythmias, heart enlargements, heart pericarditis and myocarditis. Your doctor may recommend an ECG if you have experience chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting or palpitations.
The procedure involves attaching electrode sensors to your chest, arms and legs. We offer resting ECG tests which typically take 5-10 minutes in which the the patient lies still. ECG’s are a a non invasive and painless procedure and results can be interpreted straight away based upon your medical history and symptoms.
Cardiac Stress Test
A Cardiac Stress Test observes your heart whilst under stress by having you exercise either on an exercise bike or treadmill. . The primary reason for undergoing a Cardiac Stress Test is to look for symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease such as Atherosclerosis. Cardiac Stress Tests can also diagnose a number of other underlying heart conditions. This procedure is performed and supervised by a cardiologist
This procedure takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and the majority of results are interpreted at the time of the test. Cardiac Stress Tests are non invasive and patients are required to wear flat comfortable shoes and loose light weight clothing. For Doctors
In this test we use a cardiac ultrasound machine to record ultrasound images of the heart using a probe placed on the chest. This provides information about the structure and function of the heart and the valves within the heart. It does not assess the coronary arteries but can detect previous scarring from heart attack. This procedure is performed by a qualified cardiac sonographer under supervision of a cardiologist.
This procedure combines a before and after echocardiogram with stress testing to improve detection of coronary artery disease and the effects of vavular heart disease. Patient is required to exercise on a treadmill or exercise bike. This procedure is performed and supervised by a cardiologist. For Doctors
24 Holter Monitor
A Holter Monitor records and identifies irregular heart beats that occur intermittently throughout the day. This helps us to identify what is causing symptoms such as chest pain and dizziness as well determining if current treatment for irregular heart beat is working.
Holter Monitoring is undertaken over a 24 hour or 48 hour period. The device is compact and can be worn discretely under clothing, the device works by attaching electrodes to the surface of your chest. Because many medicines effect results please inform us about the medicines you are currently taking. For Doctors
24 Hour ABP Monitor
Ambulatory Blood Pressure (ABP) monitor is a small device worn by the patient for 24 hours to assess Blood Pressure control. This provides a better estimate of the overall blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular events. The patient is required to wear a BP cuff which will take the BP every 20mins during the day and every hour at night. For Doctors
This Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) is the ratio of the blood pressure in the lower legs to the blood pressure in the arms. The result is used to predict the severity of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).
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