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Heart Screening for Adults

  • Screening for Coronary Artery Disease

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    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 determine 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 conducted to determine the cholesterol level in the patient’s blood. A high cholesterol level indicates the possibility of coronary artery disease. Blood pressure is also measured in a health screening or during checks by a family doctor. High blood pressure is another indication of coronary artery disease.

    If the doctor is concerned about the possibility of coronary artery disease, or if the patient is undergoing a comprehensive heart screening, special tests such as the echocardiography are ordered. The echocardiography is an ultrasound test that produces images of the heart pumping. A form of echocardiography known as stress cardiography is performed before and after the heart is stressed, either through exercise or special medication. The echocardiography can reveal 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 there is confirmation of coronary artery disease, and is used to determine the exact location and size of blockage in the coronary artery. During an angiogram, the doctor can perform treatments such as an angioplasty to remove the blockage in the artery.

    Discover if you are at risk or suffering from coronary artery disease with our special heart screening package. This includes a consultation with a heart specialist who can help to manage your heart health.

  • Screening for Heart Arrhythmia

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

    Patients who suffer from arrhythmia may experience irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations. When the doctor suspects an arrhythmia problem, a special test known as an electrocardiogram (ECG) is performed. This test may also be conducted during a comprehensive heart screening. In an electrocardiogram, 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 exertion, so a treadmill ECG, where the test is conducted while the patient is exercising on a treadmill, may be performed.

    In cases where the arrhythmia itself does 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.

    Discover if you are suffering from heart arrhythmia with our special heart screening package. This includes a consultation with a heart specialist who can help to manage your heart health.

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