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All our heart screening services are provided by a team of cardiology consultants and paediatric heart specialists. These services are diagnostic in nature and are focused on the diagnosis of cardiac abnormalities in adults and children.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test to measure the electrical activity and rhythm of your heart. Small electrodes are placed on your chest, arm and legs, and recorded on the ECG machine.
An Echocardiogram is a more advanced test, using ultrasound to produce a visual image and allow a more in-depth analysis of your heart function.
An ECG is a test that measures the electrical impulses produced by the heart. These impulses spread through heart enabling contraction. A typical ECG take approximately 10 minutes to perform.
One of the most common heart tests, an ECG is the only way of identifying certain problems with the heart's electrical impulses. There are a number of reasons why someone may have an ECG including, significantly high blood pressure an irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath when they exert themselves, palpitations or a suspected heart valve problem. An ECG is also commonly used in screening for ruling out potential heart problems.
An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound scan that is used to provide a detailed view of your heart and surrounding blood vessels. A probe, called a transducer, sends out soundwaves and records the echo as they are reflected back by your heart tissue, displaying it as a moving image. These images are used to assess the size and shape of your heart, as well as checking it is working effectively, identifying any abnormalities or areas for concern.
An echocardiogram is usually requested if your doctor suspects there may be something wrong with your heart, or you are displaying symptoms that could be the result of a heart problem.
No, you can eat and drink as normal on the day of your Echocardiogram, however it is recommended that you avoid caffeinated products for 24hrs before your test, as it can affect your blood pressure and heart rate.
Typically, an echocardiogram will take around 20min, however it can last up to an hour, depending on the type and number of heart conditions that are being investigated.
Echocardiograms are incredibly safe. There is no known risk for using ultrasound in heart screening. It does not use radiation, it?s non-invasive, and has no after-effects.
No, you will need to remove your clothes from the waist up, but a gown will be provided, and you are free to bring, or request a chaperone whilst you are having your echocardiogram.
Depending on the outcome of your echocardiogram, you may be able to have your results at the end of your consultation. However, if the cardiologist needs to analyse your test data further, your results will be sent to you via post.
Your results will only be sent to your GP at your request, unless the cardiologist thinks it is necessary to do so. This will be discussed with you during your consultation.
If an abnormality is detected during your screening the cardiologist will discuss, if appropriate, any recommendations, treatment or referrals that may be required, at your consultation afterwards.
If you have been referred by Welsh Hearts, please arrange your payment directly with the charity. If you are an individual, payment can be made over the telephone on booking, or when you attend your appointment. We can accept cash or card payments (unfortunately, we cannot accept Amex at this time).
Child and adult heart screening is performed by iDiagnostic (Independent Diagnostics Ltd.). iDiagnostic is an independent medical screening provider, formed as a collaboration between leading paediatric cardiologists and The Independent General Practice (IGP).Find Out more
Welsh Hearts are a charity bases in Wales, whose mission is to help protect and promote the heart health of young people and adults in Wales. Through fundraising, Welsh Hearts are able to organise and subsidise monthly heart screening sessions for adults and children.Find Out more
Please call the number below for more information or to book an appointment at any one of our GP clinics.
Our admin hours are 08:30 to 17:00. Outside of these hours you can send us a message or request a callback.
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