Breathlessness, chest pain, aches in the chest or pressure on the chest, dizziness or blackouts and palpitations are all symptoms associated with heart disease.
Some indicate more serious conditions than others, but prolonged experience of these symptoms indicates that you may have some form of heart disease, and should therefore seek medical attention.
Some patients may have advanced underlying disease without any symptoms. These patients with a high level of risk factors for coronary disease may elect to undergo screening tests even in the absence of symptoms.
An initial consultation will explore your health history and any heart conditions suffered by closely-related family members. Then it is likely you will have an electrocardiogram (ECG) test, which takes around 10 minutes, and following that possibly an echocardiogram, which takes an additional 30 minutes.
If these tests indicate that a heart condition is present, then further screening and tests may be required to determine the exact nature of your condition and most suitable course of treatment.
The tests and treatments for heart disease are varied depending upon the exact condition that has been diagnosed. Please refer to the individual conditions pages as well as the treatments listed for further information.
This monitoring measures blood pressure during your usual activities. [READ MORE]
This is an invasive procedure to block the electrical signals causing atrial fibrillation and to restore sinus rhythm. [READ MORE]
This procedure blocks the electrical signals that cause a fluttering heartbeat and restores sinus rhythm. [READ MORE]
This minimally invasive procedure is used to close holes in the heart. [READ MORE]
This is a biodegradable device that can be used like a coronary stent. [READ MORE]
This is an ultrasound imaging test used to help determine the condition of the carotid artery. [READ MORE]
This minimally invasive procedure is used to visualise the coronary arteries and assess the severity of any blockage. [READ MORE]
This minimally invasive procedure is used to treat narrowing of the coronary arteries. [READ MORE]
This scan is used to ascertain the risk of a heart attack or stroke within the next 5-10 years. [READ MORE]
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]
This study analyses the heart's electrical activity and is used to diagnose the cause of abnormal heartbeats. [READ MORE]
Monitors are used to provide a prolonged record of a heart’s operation and symptoms. [READ MORE]
This test measures the effects on the heart rhythm and blood pressure when exercise is undertaken. [READ MORE]
Healthy heart screening is available to all those aged 18 and over. [READ MORE]
This is an artificial device implanted in the chest to detect and correct a potentially dangerous heartbeat. [READ MORE]
This device records a heart’s rhythm continuously for up to two years. [READ MORE]
These scans enable cardiologists to view detailed images of the heart’s anatomy. [READ MORE]
This is an artificial device that is implanted in the chest to regulate an abnormal heartbeat. [READ MORE]
This is a procedure that uses ‘echo’ and ECG to assess how the heart’s blood vessels are working using either exercise or a drug to increase the heart rate. [READ MORE]
This test is predominately used to determine the cause of syncope (dizziness or fainting). [READ MORE]
Sometimes an ‘echo’ scan of the heart requires an ultrasound probe to be passed down the food pipe to provide a clearer image. [READ MORE]