Cardiac Screening Service

Sadly approximately 16 young people (under 35) die a week in the UK from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Our screening service is available upon request to all persons ages 14-35 following the completion of a pre-screening health questionnaire. There is a misconception that only elite athletes should be screened, but anyone who participates in sport and even those who don't, can be affected.

Any person who has an abnormal ECG or echo will be followed-up and invited for a full cardiac consultation.

Our doctor led cardiac screening service is located at Spire Southampton Hospital or can be delivered at a location of your choice. We offer our service to the following:

  • Sports club and associations
  • Independent schools
  • Business organisations
  • Other social clubs.

The heart screening service aims to detect potential underlying cardiac conditions that may increase the risk of a triggered sport related cardiac event. We aim to increase awareness, provide peace of mind and allow prompt follow-up for your members with our group of consultant cardiologists, including an FA registered cardiologist.

We adhere to the European Society of Cardiology guidelines with the completion of a pre-screening questionnaire, 12 lead ECG and echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) where indicated, that will be reviewed by our group of consultant cardiolgists. All reports will be completed and returned within 5 working days.

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC 2005) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) both recommend cardiac screening for any young person taking part in competitive sport.

Our specialist consultants welcome the opportunity to build a relationship with your club, school or organisation with the provision of our professional, flexible and convenient service.

Over 35s screening

Our heart specialists in Southampton also provide a screening service for people over the age of 35 who may wish to or already participate in sports. As we get older we are at a higher risk of developing coronary artery disease. If coronary artery disease is left undetected and treated then this may lead to a heart attack. The American Heart Association recommends screening for risk factors for Masters (men over 40 and women over 50) undertaking vigorous exercise.

A pre-screening questionnaire is required to identify previous medical histories and symptoms. Provided the reponses to the questionnaire are satisfactory, the most effective diagnostic tool for the risk assessment of coronary artery disease is using stress echocardiography. No amount of screening however will guarantee an exclusion of all forms of heart disease.

To book a screening or for more information, please contact us on 023 8091 4444

  • Pre-screening questionnaire and consent form
    The questionnaire will provide us with details of any previous medical history and help us identify any symptoms that may be of concern. The consent form will identify that you have agreed to have the screening performed.
  • 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG)
    An ECG is a test that looks at the electrical activity of the heart. ECG electrodes are positioned on the torso and connected to an ECG machine via wires. The ECG machine takes a recording of the heart's electrical activity and produces a 12 lead print out that is reviewed by a consultant cardiologist. This test is painless and only takes five minutes.
  • Echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound)
    An echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart, often referred to as an 'echo'. The scan provides images of the heart using a probe that is placed on your chest. Images are taken from various different angles as the probe is moved around the chest. The probe is connected to an echocardiogram machine which allows images to be stored and analysed. These images show how well the heart is working and will also identify any possible functional or structural abnormalities of the heart. The scan will be performed and reviewed by a consultant cardiologist. The scan is painless and takes 15-30 minutes.
  • Results
    Each ECG and echo will be reviewed by our group of consultant cardiologists, including an FA registered consultant cardiologist. Reports will be completed and returned within five days. Any person who has an abnormal ECG or echo will be followed up and invited for a full cardiac consultation.

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Stress echocardiography

A dobutamine stress echocardiogram is a diagnostic procedure to assess the heart muscle under stress. Dobutamine causes the heart to beat faster and produce the effects of exercise. ECGs and an echo scan are performed pre, during and post procedure to assess the heart for signs of heart disease. Our consultant cardiologist and echo specialist will interpret the results and provide a report of his findings. If there are any abnormalities detected then you will be followed up and invited for a cardiac consultation.

Southampton Heart Service

Southampton Heart Service, heart specialists in Hampshire

Please click here to see further information about the Southampton Heart Service. For details of prices please call us on 023 8091 4471.

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