A thorough assessment of the heart, carried out by our expert Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Walter Serino. Dr Serino can help patients who suffer from; high blood pressure (hypertension), palpitations, dizziness , breathlessness, collapse with or without loss of consciousness (syncope), and chest pain. A physical assessment will highlight any risk of heart or circulatory conditions.
What is a cardiac assessment?
A cardiac assessment is a medical evaluation of the heart and circulatory system. It is typically performed by a healthcare provider and may include a variety of tests and exams to assess the heart’s function and overall health.
During a cardiac assessment, our Consultant Cardiologist may perform a physical examination, listen to the heart, take blood pressure readings and check for any signs or symptoms of heart disease.
Additional tests may be carried out if deemed necessary, including an electrocardiogram (ECG) and an echocardiogram to evaluate the heart’s electrical activity and structure.
The goals of a cardiac assessment can vary depending on the individual patient’s needs and medical history. Some common reasons for a cardiac assessment include:
- Screening for heart disease or risk factors
- Diagnosing and monitoring heart conditions, such as arrhythmias, heart failure, or coronary artery disease
- Evaluating symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations
- Assessing the effectiveness of treatment for heart disease or related conditions
Overall, a cardiac assessment is an important tool for promoting heart health and identifying any potential issues early on.
What is the price of a cardiac assessment?
The cost of a cardiac assessment is £350 and can be booked either online or through our friendly reception team, this will include an ECG and echocardiogram if deemed necessary.
An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. It can be used to evaluate the heart’s structure and function and can detect conditions such as heart valve problems, heart muscle damage, and heart disease.
Some common reasons why an echocardiogram may be ordered include:
- Suspected or known heart disease
- Symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations
- Abnormal results on other heart tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Routine screening for certain high-risk groups, such as people with a family history of heart disease or those with certain risk factors for heart disease
Adults who play sports may also need an echocardiogram if they have a history of heart problems or if they have a high risk of developing heart problems. This is especially true for athletes who have a family history of sudden cardiac death or who have symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath during exercise.
Athletes should have a pre-participation physical examination including a thorough history and physical examination, an electrocardiogram and if necessary, an echocardiogram to detect any underlying cardiac issues before they participate in the sports activity.
During the echocardiogram, our Consultant Cardiologist, Mr Walter Serino will place several small, round patches called electrodes on your chest, arms, and legs. The electrodes are connected to an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine, which will record your heart’s electrical activity during the test. The technician will then apply a clear gel to your chest and use a wand-like device called a transducer to send sound waves through your chest and into your heart. The sound waves create echoes that are used to create a moving picture of your heart on a monitor.
The test typically takes about 30 minutes to complete and is painless and non-invasive. You will be able to see your heart beating on the monitor during the test.
After the echocardiogram, the technician will clean the gel off your chest and remove the electrodes. You can usually return to your normal activities right away, but you may be asked to avoid strenuous activity for a short period.
The results of the echocardiogram will be interpreted by a cardiologist or a radiologist who specialises in heart imaging. If any abnormalities are found, they may recommend further tests or treatments.
It’s important to note that an echocardiogram is a safe test, with no known risks or side effects. However, if you’re pregnant, you may be advised to avoid the test during the first trimester, as the sound waves used in the test are not known to be harmful, but there is no data on the effect of sound waves during the first trimester of pregnancy.
In summary, an echocardiogram is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart, and it can be used to detect a wide range of heart conditions. It is typically done in 30 minutes and it is painless. The results of the echocardiogram will be interpreted by a cardiologist or radiologist, and if any abnormalities are found, further tests or treatments may be recommended. It is a safe test with no known risks or side effects, except for pregnant women during the first trimester.
Echocardiograms at Private GP Clinic are carried out by Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Walter Serino.