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Departments: Cardiology

The Cardiology Department screens, investigates and evaluates heart disease. Here are some of the tests we routinely carry out for our patients.

ECG (Electrocardiogram)
An ECG is a graphical representation of the electrical activity of the heart. It is a painless non-invasive procedure. Electrodes are attached to the skin while you are lying on your back. The test is carried out either in the cardiology department or at the bedside. No special preparation is necessary.

Exercise Tolerance Test (Stress Test)
This non-invasive procedure is carried out to assess patients’ exercise tolerance and to evaluate and indicate coronary artery disease. The exercise stress test involves continuous ECG recording of the rate and rhythm of heart and blood pressure while the patient walks on a treadmill. A doctor is present throughout the test as well as a nurse and/or a cardiac technician. No special preparation is necessary.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is a cardiac ultrasound meaning a picture of the heart is produced by using sound waves passed through the chest. It is used to examine the structure and function of the heart. It is a painless and non-invasive procedure. A transducer, to produce and record the sound waves, is placed on the chest and produces moving images of the heart on screen. These images are recorded. The images are then viewed and reported on by a consultant cardiologist. No special preparation is necessary.

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