Heart block is of many types and of the milder types there may not be any symptoms and these usually do not require treatment. More advanced heart block can cause dizziness, fainting, fatigue, breathlessness, chest pain or heart failure.
An ECG Test is the most common method of assessing whether a patient has heart block, and your cardiologist may also ask you to undertake ECG monitoring over a period of time to thoroughly assess your conduction system. Additional testing with exercise stress testing, echocardiography or cardiac MRI scan may also be required.
For certain types of heart block no immediate intervention is required and such patients can often be managed with surveillance and periodic re-assessment under follow up. For advance heart block, a pacemaker will be required to correct the heart rhythm abnormality.
An ‘echo’ is an ultrasound scan of the heart to assess structure and function. [READ MORE]
An ECG is a simple test that looks at the electrical activity of the heart. [READ MORE]
This monitoring measures the electrical activity of your heart over a longer period than an ECG. [READ MORE]
Monitors are used to provide a prolonged record of a heart’s operation and symptoms. [READ MORE]
This device records a heart’s rhythm continuously for up to two years. [READ MORE]
This is an artificial device that is implanted in the chest to regulate an abnormal heartbeat. [READ MORE]
This test is predominately used to determine the cause of syncope (dizziness or fainting). [READ MORE]