Our experienced doctors and nurses offer a range of diagnostic services including;
- 24-hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Exercise Stress Test
- 24-hour ECG Halter Monitor
24-Hour Monitoring BP/ ECG (allow 30 minutes per visit)
A monitor will be attached to your chest and waist or a blood pressure cuff attached to your arm, to record your heartbeat for 24 hours.
You will be able to carry out normal activities such as working and shopping.
ECG (allow 30 minutes)
Our nurses will attach electrodes (sticky patches) to your chest and sometimes limbs, if you have hair on the areas needed the nurse may shave them. You will be asked to lie still for a few minutes; once the test is finished your doctor will tell you the results of your ECG the same day.
Exercise Stress Test (allow 30 minutes to an hour)
Comfortable clothing and footwear should be worn to your appointment. You should not eat or drink for 2 hours before the test. Your doctor will let you know if there are any medications you need to hold off taking.
A technician or nurse will attach ECG electrodes to your chest after cleaning these areas with alcohol. These electrodes attach to an ECG machine, which records your heart's electrical activity. You will also wear a blood pressure cuff around your arm, which measures your blood pressure during the test. Before the test, the technician will record your blood pressure and pulse. They will also record your heart's electrical activity with an ECG before you start exercising.
During the test, you will walk on a treadmill. The grade and speed will increase every 2-3 minutes. This will make you feel like you are walking uphill. You should exercise for as long as possible to maximise the workload on the heart and ensure your test is as accurate as possible.
Your Medical Practitioner will look for changes in the ECG and blood pressure levels which may indicate that your heart is not getting enough oxygen because of blockages in your heart arteries. Other signs of angina include chest pain or excessive shortness of breath whilst you are exercising.
Complications are very rare but include a risk of heart attack (1 in 1000 patients) and risk of death (1 in 10,000 patients).