Attending a clinic for a London cardiac test can be a stressful business. Although finding out about any health problems affecting your heart is the best way to ensure that you get the cardiac care you need as soon as possible, you might still be worried about what the tests could reveal. On top of this, you might also be anxious about what exactly will happen at the clinic.
Knowing what to expect can relieve some of this anxiety. The process will vary depending on the specific London cardiac tests your doctor wishes to conduct, but your visit to the cardiac care centre will probably begin with a consultation, during which the doctor will ask about your lifestyle and medical history in order to decide which tests to do.
The testing process takes place in the same clinic as the initial meeting since Cardiac Screen provides a full range of London cardiac tests. The tests are usually conducted by specially trained practitioners.
If you are having an echocardiogram, you will need to remove the upper part of your clothing or wear a gown you can open. Some lubricating jelly will be spread on your chest and an ultrasound probe passed over it to take a picture of your heart. The test could take between 15 minutes and an hour, but it is completely safe and painless.
For an ECG, you might be tested lying down, on a treadmill, or while going about your usual day. The ECG monitor’s electrodes, which it uses to detect the electrical activity in your heart, will be attached to your chest, and sometimes your arms and legs, by small, sticky pads. You won’t feel a thing, and the test should be over in about ten minutes, unless you are taking the portable monitor home, in which case your heart might be monitored for up to eight days while the lightweight monitor hangs around your neck.
Once the results are ready, the clinic doctor, or your own doctor if you have been referred to Cardiac Screen, will interpret the results and explain them to you. If any problems have been revealed, you can then begin to receive the specialist cardiac care that you need.