Heart and cardiac tests

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We believe in putting your health first, that’s why we have a wide range of cardiac tests and diagnostics that our cardiologists will perform. There is no waiting list and you don't need a referral from your NHS GP. Our consultant cardiologists welcome self referrals. Results are rapid to give you the peace of mind you need.

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Cholesterol test

This blood test checks for the level of LDL (also known as ‘bad cholesterol’), HDL (also known as ‘good cholesterol’) and other fatty substances (triglycerides) in the blood. 
Your test will include a discussion with one of our GPs around interpreting the result of your test. The absolute cholesterol level is important, but it's more important to understand the result in the context of your personal circumstances (age, gender, family history, ethnicity, body mass index and medical history such as diabetes). Your GP will also calculate your risk of developing a heart attack or stroke within the next 10 years based on this data and answer any questions you have.

hsCRP

A  blood test that checks the level of a particular protein in the blood, which is known to be elevated in the presence of heart disease. Healthy individuals with an elevated hsCRP are up to four times as likely to have coronary heart disease. An elevated hsCRP can be associated with the risk of future adverse cardiovascular events (heart attack and stroke) in apparently healthy people. 

Lp-PLA2

Lp-PLA2 is an enzyme that acts as an independent risk marker for cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. Unlike hsCRP, this marker is specific to coronary arteries. The PLAC test measures the level of this enzyme. This assists with the prediction of risk caused by the thickening, or hardening, of the arteries caused by the build-up of plaque. Given that the majority of heart attacks and strokes are caused by plaque rupture, rather than narrowing of the arteries, this can help identify individuals  who might benefit from more intensive  management with medication or lifestyle modification. 

Bubble Echocardiogram

A bubble echo is a procedure which detects how someone's heart is functioning, it can detect a hole in the heart, leaky valves or an oversized heart. This procedure differs from a typical echocardiogram as during the imaging, saline with bubbles is injected into the veins, enabling the cardiologist to see if there is any blood flowing from the right to the left side of the heart which would indicate the presence of a hole between the upper chambers of the heart. If left untreated it can cause migraines with aura (flashing lights), stroke, TIA and breathlessness.

Carotid Doppler

This is a screening service to assess the risk of stroke or cardiovascular disease for clients with a history of transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke. This is a scan of the arteries in the neck. The Carotid Doppler test, or carotid ultrasound, is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to detect narrowing of your arteries or potential blockages caused by plaque. It determines if you are at risk of having a stroke.

Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram (DSE)

A DSE is 98% accurate compared to an exercise tolerance test (ETT). An ECG is combined with Dobutamine, a drug that speeds up the heart and mimics exercise on the heart. An Echo is performed before, during and after the drug has been taken, to help with the imaging, a contrast dye is injected. The test is performed to assess how well the heart functions under stress and helps rule out angina. This test is used in place of the traditional stress test for those that find it tough or are unable to exercise.

Pre-sports cardiac health check-up

Recommended for those over 40 who are planning on engaging in high intensity sport activity or for young athletes. This check-up includes a cardiac screening questionnaire, physical examination, an ECG and an ECHO. Additional cardiac tests may be offered, these include an exercise stress ECG, cardiac MRI scan and heart monitoring, these will be discussed with you in detail during your appointment.

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From booking in for your heart and cardio test to your bespoke check-up and consultation, we’ll look after you throughout the process:

1.    To book in just call us on 0300 247 0121. You pay for your treatment and tests after you’ve checked out

2.    Once you’ve booked in, we’ll then text you a reminder of the time and date you should arrive and who you’ll be seeing

3.    We’ll ask you to arrive a little early and you’ll be looked after by one of our hand-picked doctors, or one of our team

4.    You can arrange a follow-up consultation with us at check out, we’ll be more than happy to discuss your progress.

We hold ourselves to the very highest standards of confidentiality. Everything we talk about will be confidential.

If you'd like to book an appointment or make an enquiry, please give us a call on 0300 247 0121.

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From booking your first consultation to prescribing the right plan of action, our health and wellness experts are here to help you get healthier now – and stay that way.

As soon as we open you’ll be able to book your first appointment online. We’ll have same day and pre-bookable appointments

We’ll text you a reminder of the time and date you should arrive at one of our friendly clinics

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We hold ourselves to the very highest standards of confidentiality. Everything we talk about will be confidential. We won’t share anything with your NHS doctor unless you ask us to.