Blood Pressure - We may take your blood pressure during your assessment or you may be given a 24 hour blood pressure monitor. This records the changes in your blood pressure by measuring it at intervals over a period of time.
Electrocardiogram (ECG) - An ECG measures the electrical activity of your heart. Electrodes are placed on your wrists, ankles and chest as you relax. The electrodes are connected to a machine recording all the electrical signals from your heart. Analysis of the results can indicate any damage to the heart muscle. The test may also detect changes in heart rhythm as well as abnormalities in the signals themselves.
Exercise ECG - This is the same as a normal ECG, except that you will be asked to exercise on a treadmill or exercise bike. This helps to assess the blood supply to the muscle of the heart via the coronary arteries, or assesses the heart’s response to exercise.
24/48 hour ECG monitoring or event recorder - This is similar to a normal ECG except that the electrodes are connected to a small recording device which you will wear on a belt. It measures the heart's electrical activity and rhythm to track changes over a period of time.
Echocardiogram - An echocardiogram is a specialised ultrasound scan of the heart that can provide a range of information including the size, function and pressures of the heart, as well as information regarding the heart valves.
Cardiomemo recording - This is similar to the 24 hour ECG monitor. You are given a device that you place next to your heart whenever you get symptoms so it can record your heart’s activity. The advantage of this is that there aren’t any leads attached to your chest.
Cardiac CT - This is when a CT scanner is used to take pictures of your heart. It is used to get images of the beating heart and to look at the structure and function of the heart.
Cardiac MRI - This is when an MRI scanner is used to take both still and moving pictures of your heart and major blood vessels. It is used to get images of the heart and to look at the structure and function of the heart.