INVESTIGATIONS

ECG (electrocardiograph)

A test to record the speed and rhythm of the heart beat.

Echocardiography

A non-invasive diagnostic procedure that uses ultrasound to study the structure and motions of the heart.

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Electrophysiologist

A specialised cardiologist doctor specialising in the detection and treatment of cardiac arrhythmia.

Exercise ECG or ETT (exercise tolerance test)

A recording of the heart beat speed and rhythm while someone is exercising on a treadmill.

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Stress Echo

A test which uses either a drug (dobutamine) or exercise (exercise tolerance test) to induce the heart to work harder (as during exercise) an ultrasound scan is then used to assess how the heart is working under the stress of exercise.

Transoesophageal Echo

An ultrasound scan to look at the heart. A probe is passed via the food pipe. This allows for much clearer pictures to be taken of the heart than a regular echocardiograph.

24 Hours Blood Pressure Monitor

A home automated blood pressure monitor is sometimes used to identify if patients have true high blood pressure or just anxiety in response to seeing their doctor (so-called “white coat syndrome”). It also a useful tool to monitor blood pressure response to drug treatment. The patient wears the monitor on their arm which takes approximately 30-50 measurements over a 24-hour period.

Angiogram

A procedure using x-ray to look at the blood vessels. A dye is injected using a fine catheter (tube) passed through a blood vessel usually in the groin. X-rays are then taken to identify if there is any narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels. Also known as cardiac catheterisation.

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Tilt Test

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X-Ray

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Holter Monitor

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