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Cardiac Testing The Heart Foundation of Australia advises that anyone who is 45 years old and over should have regular heart checks with their doctor.

It’s easy to assume we’re immune from heart disease because we don’t fit the “normal” criteria.

Some common myths relating to heart disease include:

  1. “It’s a man’s disease”. 

It’s not just a man’s disease. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Australian women, responsible for killing two times as many women as breast cancer.

2. “Heart disease is only genetic”. 

Although a family history of heart disease can increase the risk, there are a number of lifestyle related risk factors such as smoking, poor diet and physical inactivity that can influence the onset of disease.

3. “I’m not overweight so I’m not at risk”. 

Other risk factors such as high blood pressure can occur without symptoms so getting a heart check can help to prevent or mange any potential risks.

Your heart health deserves to be checked out regularly by your doctor, regardless of whether you meet the “normal” criteria or not.


Our Cardiac Testing Explained

Starting with your GP, we’ll do some preliminary health checks and have a chat about your medical history, lifestyle and hereditary factors.

Then if further steps are needed, we have a team of cardiac specialists and range of cardiac testing services available on-site to help measure your heart health and to start any treatment that may be necessary.

These include:

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.


Meet our cardiac specialists here