Diagnostic Tests

General Information

This is a simple test in which electrodes are placed on the chest, arms and legs to record the electrical activity of the heart. It shows heart rate and rhythm, and can show evidence of a heart attack. It takes 10 - 15 mins and no preparation is required.

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An echo is an ultrasound of the heart. This test provides images, which can show the size, shape and how the heart is functioning. An echo is usually done to assess the function of the heart and the assessment of heart disease, chest pain, palpitations and murmurs. It usually takes around 40mins. In order to perform the ultrasound, the sonographer or Cardiologist will need to place the imaging probe at different sites on your chest. It is advisable to wear appropriate clothing to facilitate changing into an examination gown for this study.

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This is a portable ECG monitor worn for a period of 24 hours or several days to assess your heart rhythm over an extended period as you go about your normal activities. It is used in the evaluation of palpitations or blackouts. It takes 15 - 20 mins to fit and no preparation is required.

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An ECG is performed continuously while exercising on a treadmill to determine how the heart performs on exertion. This test is done to assess chest pain, coronary artery disease, shortness of breath and rhythm disturbance. It takes around 20 - 30 mins. It is advisable to avoid a heavy meal prior and to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for this test.

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A stress test is either performed by exercise on a treadmill or alterntively the test can be done with some medication that will simulate exercise effects on the heart. During the test, ECG and blood pressure is monitored continuously. Periodic echos will also be performed. This test is done to assess chest pain, coronary artery disease and shortness of breath. It takes around 30-40 minutes.

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  • Professor Sanders says...

     
    Atrial fibrillation is a consequence of several reversible risk factors - high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnoea, and excessive alcohol. Your management of atrial fibrillation must include strict control of these risk factors.