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Tests

Specialist Cardiology is able to perform a wide range of tests to assess your cardiac health and inform treatment or procedure options.

Clinical Consultations

Patients come and discuss their conditions and concerns with our trained professional cardiologists.

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Echocardiography

Echocardiogram, often referred to as a cardiac echo or simply an echo, is a sonograph or ultrasound of the heart.

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Stress Echocardiography

Stress echocardiography is a test that uses ultrasound imaging to show how well your heart muscle is working to pump blood to your body. It is mainly used to detect a decrease in blood flow to the heart from narrowing in the coronary arteries.

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Electrocardiography (ECG)

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a medical test that detects cardiac (heart) abnormalities by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts

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Ambulatory Monitoring

This is a 24 hour blood pressure monitor that you wear to give the doctor a better idea of your blood pressure readings.

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Speciality Imaging

This includes Cardiac MRI currently performed at Prince Alfred Hospital and Coronary Artery CT scans. Cardiac MRI creates both still and moving pictures of your heart and major blood vessels. Doctors use cardiac MRI to get pictures of the beating heart and to look at its structure and function. These pictures can help them decide the best way to treat people who have heart problems.

CT scans of the coronary arteries is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create detailed pictures of the heart and its blood vessels which is used to diagnose coronary artery disease.

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Exercise stress testing

Exercise stress testing is a procedure used by doctors to measure the performance and capacity of the heart, lungs and blood vessels during exercise.

In some people, exercise stress testing is not suitable. In such cases, medicines may need to be used instead of exercise to stimulate the heart. This is called 'pharmacological stress testing’.

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