During the initial consultation, your consultant will learn about and assess your symptoms and medical history to get a clear picture of the situation, your concerns, and to determine the appropriate next steps.
Your cardiologist will then request that additional tests be carried out to ensure we have all the necessary information to be able to create a tailored treatment plan.
You will likely have an ECG (electrocardiogram) during your initial consultation. The specialist is likely to refer you to the experienced in-house cardiac physiologist team for tests such as ECG, Echocardiogram, as well as any of the common diagnostics outlined above.
The two most common outpatient tests are:
- Echocardiogram - This is a scan used to look at your heart and immediate blood vessels. This type of ultrasound creates a detailed moving image of the area by sending out high-frequency sound waves that bounce off your internal structures.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) - An ECG is a straightforward test that is used to check your heart’s electrical activity and rhythm. Sensors are attached to your skin to detect the electrical signals created by your heart each time it beats.
Depending on the scan or test needed, it might be possible for you to have it on the same day as your initial consultation, but usually, we would arrange it for a few days after your initial appointment at a time and day that suits you.
A follow-up appointment will be arranged with your consultant to discuss the results and determine the best form of treatment for you. Whatever the next steps, we’ll provide clarity and answer any questions you might have to put you at ease.
Expert cardiologists working with the wider Ross Hall Hospital team will do everything in their power to make sure your time with us is as comfortable as possible, ensuring you receive a timely diagnosis and comprehensive, bespoke cardiac treatment.