Cardio Health Screening
In the UK cardiovascular disease affects approximately 1 in 3 persons and is the most common cause of death. The vast majority of these deaths are caused by coronary artery disease/heart attacks.
Fortunately approximately 4 out of 5 persons suffering from coronary artery disease get early warning signs. Typical symptoms are central/crushing chest pain, tightness across the chest or breathlessness.
However approximately 1 in 5 has silent coronary artery disease and would not have any of the typical symptoms. Early detection with the Cardio-Health Screen would result in appropriate preventative and protective treatment and would greatly reduce the risk of a heart attack or cardiac death.
Who would benefit most from this?
Anybody concerned about having or developing heart disease. However, there are some groups particularly at risk for cardiac conditions:
- Diabetic patients
- Patients with high blood pressure (arterial hypertension)
- Those with high cholesterol levels
- Those with a family history of angina and/or heart attack (coronary artery disease) especially if the age of first diagnosis was relatively early
- Patients with sedentary lifestyle
- Patients suffering from overweight
- Patients with carotid artery disease (the carotid arteries supply the brain with blood)
- Those with a family history of sudden death
- Patients with a family history of cardiomyopathy which is a condition where the heart muscle is abnormally thickened or the heart enlarged
- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis
- Current or past smokers
- Men over the age of 40
- Women over the age of 50
If you have more than one of those risk factors your risk will be even higher.
Why should I have a Cardio-Health Screen?
Patients with risk factors often do not experience any symptoms especially in the early stages of coronary artery disease so whilst you may currently feel fit and well, the Cardio-Health Screen would give you peace of mind of a thorough analysis and if I identify factors that might lead to cardiac problems in the future you can be reassured that I will treat them now to reduce your future risk.
What does the Cardio-Health Screen consist of?
1 Initial visit
- A detailed consultation with history taking focussing on current symptoms, your personal and your family history
- Physical examination including a detailed cardio-vascular examination
- Detailing any current cardiac symptoms
- An analysis of your cardiac risk factor profile
- Summary of past medical history and current medications
2 Specialist cardiac investigations
- Resting 12 lead Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Exercise ECG
- Echocardiogram (Scan of your heart)
- Blood tests - at an additional cost. (If reasonably recent results are available from prior GP visits I will use them - Full blood count, U&E, Thyroid function, cholesterol profile and Glucose both fasting & BNP).
- CT coronary calcium score - at an additional cost (optional test)
3 Review and report
- I will write a detailed report summarising your Cardio-Health Screen results along with recommendations and advice to you and your GP.
How long will the Cardio-Health Screen take?
Depending on your preferences consultation and investigations can be arranged on the same day or on different days. The exercise test takes around 30 minutes and the Echo around 45minutes. Should you wish to have all in one session please allow 2-3 hours.
When are Cardio-Health Screen appointments available?
Available by appointment only. I can offer Saturday and out of working hours appointments.
What happens if the Cardio-Health Screen detects a problem with my heart?
I will advice and guide you if you need any further more specialist tests or treatments. All this will be detailed in your report and I recommend that you discuss this with your General Practitioner.
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