An cardiac event recorder is a portable device used to record your heart's electrical activity when you have symptoms. It records the same information as an electrocardiogram (ECG), but for longer durations of time. Most of these devices can transmit the recorded information directly to your healthcare provider.
An exercise ECG, also called an exercise tolerance test, is an electrocardiogram (ECG) that is recorded while you are walking on a treadmill or cycling on an exercise bike. The aim of the test is to see how your heart works when you are exerting yourself.
Screening examinations are tests performed to find disease before symptoms begin. The goal of screening is to detect disease at its earliest and most treatable stage. In order to be widely accepted and recommended by medical practitioners, a screening program must meet a number of criteria, including reducing the number of deaths from the given disease.
Screening tests may include laboratory tests to check blood and other fluids, genetic tests that look for inherited genetic markers linked to disease, and imaging tests that produce pictures of the inside of the body. These tests are typically available to the general population; however, an individual's needs for a specific screening test are based on factors such as age, gender and family history.
An implantable loop recorder, or ILR, is a heart recording device that is implanted in the body underneath the chest skin. It has several uses. The most common ones include looking for causes of fainting, palpitations, very fast or slow heartbeats, and hidden rhythms that can cause strokes.
A pacemaker/ICD check is done every 6 to 12 months unless the device is newly fitted. These checks are to check whether any adjustments are needed. ECG electrodes are placed on the wrists and ankles and a magnet is then placed over the device, which is linked to the computer. The technician will monitor the device and adjust if needed.
We use echocardiography to assess wall motion abnormalities under rest and stress (either exercise or pharmacological stress) it is possible to identify the presence and extent of myocardial ischaemia and myocardial viability. This outpatient investigation is often used as an adjunct to coronary angiography to target appropriate revascularisation but can also be valuable as a diagnostic tool for determining the likelihood of coronary artery disease in an individual patient. Referral for Stress Echocardiography is generally undertaken by a cardiologist following clinical assessment.