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Brellah

Cardiac Testing We work with our patients, their support networks and our medical colleagues to provide cardiac clinical care of the highest standard

We have a range of cardiac testing services available on-site, including:

  • ECG Testing (12-lead ECG)
  • Exercise Stress Test
  • Echocardiogram
  • Exercise Stress Echocardiogram
  • 24 Hour Holter Monitoring
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring

 

 

Our Cardiac Testing Explained:

 

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

The Electrocariogram is a common test which records the hearts electrical impulses. This indicates the hearts rhythm and may give information regarding a variety of underlying cardiac problems which may require further evaluation.

Exercise Stress Test

This test involves walking on a Treadmill whilst connected to an ECG machine. This test screens for the presence of significant Coronary artery disease, as well as identifying heart rhythm abnormalities occurring with exercise. This test requires you to walk on a treadmill to increase your heart rate. If you are unable to walk on a treadmill for any reason, please let us know beforehand so that an alternative test can be arranged.

Echocardiogram

In this test we use a dedicated cardiac ultrasound machine to record ultrasound images of the heart. This provides information about the structure and function of the heart and the valves within the heart. It does not assess the coronary arteries.

Exercise Stress Echocardiogram

This test combines a routine stress ECG with an Echocardiogram and is a more reliable method of determining the presence of significant coronary artery disease. Ultrasound images of the heart are recorded at rest and again immediately after exercise. This test also requires you to walk on a treadmill to increase your heart rate. If you are unable to walk on a treadmill, please let us know beforehand so that an alternative test can be arranged.

24hr Holter Monitor

A holter monitor is a small portable ECG monitor used to record the electrical activity of the heart. It is usually performed for evaluation of palpitations, dizzy spells and unexplained blackouts. This is usually worn by the patient for 24 hours.

Blood Pressure Monitor

An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a device used to measure your blood pressure over the course of 24 hours or longer. Unlike a once-off check in your doctor’s office (when you may be anxious), this monitor records your blood pressure over a longer time period in your usual environment. The recordings give your doctor a more accurate view of any blood pressure changes during your normal activities, including when you are sleeping.