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Heart Screening for Adults

  • Screening for Coronary Artery Disease


    Coronary artery disease is a type of heart disease where there are blockages in the coronary artery, which is responsible for delivering oxygen to the heart muscles. There are many ways for a doctor to find out if you are suffering from coronary artery disease, or if you are at risk of having the disease.

    In a standard health screening, blood tests are done to find out the cholesterol level in the patient’s blood. A high cholesterol level could lead to coronary artery disease. Blood pressure is also measured in a health screening or during checks by a family doctor. High blood pressure is another sign of coronary artery disease.

    If the doctor is concerned about the possibility of coronary artery disease, or if the patient is undergoing a full heart screening, special tests like the echocardiography are ordered. It is an ultrasound test that produces images of the heart pumping. A form of echocardiography, known as stress cardiography, is done before and after the heart is stressed, either through exercise or special medication. The echocardiography can show whether there is reduced blood flow to the heart.

    When there is cause for an invasive approach to diagnosis, the doctor may perform an angiogram. This is usually done after it is proven to be a coronary artery disease, and is used to find the exact location and size of blockage in the coronary artery. During an angiogram, the doctor can carry out treatments, like an angioplasty, to remove the blockage in the artery.

    Find out if you are at risk of or suffering from coronary artery disease by going for a heart screening.

  • Screening for Heart Arrhythmia


    Heart arrhythmia refers to heart conditions that cause irregular heartbeat. These conditions can result in poorer pumping of the heart or even a failure of the heart to pump blood well.

    Patients who suffer from arrhythmia may experience irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations (fast, strong, or irregular heartbeat). When the doctor suspects an arrhythmia problem, a special test known as an electrocardiogram (ECG) is done, and may also be part of a thorough heart screening. In an ECG, a series of electrodes are attached to the patient’s chest around the location of the heart to monitor the heart’s electrical activity and rhythm. Some forms of arrhythmia only happen when the body undergoes stress, so a treadmill ECG may be done, with the test carried out while the patient is exercising on a treadmill.

    In cases where the arrhythmia itself is not present on a regular basis, the heart specialist may use a Holter monitor. This is a small, wearable device that records the heart’s activity continuously for up to 48 hours, unlike an ECG that only records the most recent few seconds. It can be used to diagnose arrhythmia that happens suddenly, or when it does not have a known trigger, or even when it occurs during sleep.

    Find out if you are suffering from heart arrhythmia by going for a heart screening.

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