Cardiology tests

We offer a full range of state of the art cardiac testing.

Cardiac tests

We ask that patients are prepared with a list of their current medications, an up to date referral and any previous cardiac test results.

Additional testing may be required prior to consultations and will be communicated directly with the patient.

Find more information on how to refer a patient in your local area.

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

If your patient presents with suspected or difficult to manage hypertension, the portable ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) machine will provide more detailed diagnostic information.

The patient is required to wear the device for 24 hours and is not permitted to swim or shower during this time.

Cardiac device remote monitoring

Using sophisticated wireless technology, this service enables us to remotely monitor implanted devices without the patient needing to attend a clinic.

Dobutamine stress echocardiogram

For patients unable to exercise, dobutamine is a drug that causes the heart to work harder to assess its function at rest and under stress.

ECG monitoring

If the nature of the patient’s heart function problem is challenging to determine an ECG is most effective. There are two options:

  • Holter monitor – heart rate and rhythm is continuously recorded over a 24 or 48 hour period
  • Event monitor – similar to a Holter monitor but worn for up to seven days, only recording when the patient activates it upon feeling symptoms

Echocardiogram

Echocardiograms provide a great insight into the heart structure and function, including:

  • Blood flow
  • Size, shape and movement
  • Function and performance
  • Strength of muscles/tissue
  • Congenital defects (from birth)

The type of echocardiogram will depend on the information required and could be one of the following:

  • Transthoracic echocardiography
  • Stress echocardiography
  • Dobutamine echocardiography
  • Transoesophageal echocardiography

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

A routine procedure used to record the electrical signals of the heart to assist with diagnosing any problems with heart function.

Exercise stress test

Exercise stress testing uses electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring to measure the heart’s performance and capacity whilst exercising on a treadmill.

Stress echocardiogram

This measures the patient’s exercise capacity and monitors their heart rate and blood pressure while they exercise on a treadmill (usually – some limited centres have a bicycle). It takes about 30 – 45 minutes to complete.

Tilt table test

Used to help determine a patient’s susceptibility to fainting or near fainting and if linked to changes in blood pressure when upright.