The Cardiology Department at Sevenoaks Medical Centre provides rapid analysis, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of heart conditions. We utilise state-of-the-art facilities and provide a complete range of diagnostics and treatments for a range cardiac conditions.
CARDIOLOGY PROCEDURES AT SEVENOAKS MEDICAL CENTRE
24-HOUR BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING
Ambulatory blood pressure (BP) monitoring is a painless method of obtaining blood pressure recordings over a 24-hour period. This involves wearing a small cuff attached to a monitoring device. The cuff then obtains a blood pressure reading at intervals throughout the day.
The readings from this can help to determine the most effective medication, or to assess the success of a patient’s current medication.
The patient is advised to undertake normal activities, including work, so that a true reflection of daily blood pressure changes can be obtained. Once patients return the monitor, measurements are downloaded and provided to the referring doctor within 24 hours.
24-HOUR TAPE (WITH ST ANALYSIS)
A 24-hour Holter monitor provides a constant recording of the heart’s electrocardiogram (rate and rhythm) over 24 hours. This is a safe and painless recording, which involves wearing a small monitor (the size of a match box) attached to the chest, with small wires connected to electrodes.
While wearing the monitor, the patient is instructed to carry out normal daily activities. The doctor may request this monitor, to assess the patient’s heart activity for various symptoms, such as chest pain, irregular or fast heart rates, dizziness and fainting spells. This can provide information on the effectiveness of medication. After the monitor is returned, the results will be analysed and sent to the doctor within 24 hours.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a quick and painless way to assess the rate, rhythm and electrical activity of the heart. This allows the physician to check for cardiac arrhythmias, palpitations and the effectiveness of medication. This is a simple procedure, where the patient rests on a bed for a few minutes with a series of electrodes attached to their chest.
A 7-day tape monitor provides a constant recording of the patient’s heart over a seven-day period. It is a safe and painless recording that involves wearing a small monitor attached to the chest. While wearing the monitor, the patient is instructed to carry out normal daily activities.
The doctor may request this monitor when symptoms are less frequent and more difficult to capture using other monitors. This is mainly used to assess arrhythmias and palpitations.
After the monitor is returned the results will be analysed and sent to a doctor within one to two working days.
An echocardiogram is a painless ultrasound scan of the heart. This helps examine the chambers, valves and major blood vessels of the heart. The scan helps look for valve regurgitation, heart chamber function, heart size, infections, hypertension and clots in the heart.
The test is conducted lying down on a bed, with electrodes attached to the shoulders and chest with wires. A colourless, painless gel is then applied to the chest, allowing the technician to take pictures of it. This diagnostic procedure usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes.
FIND OUT MORE
To find out more about our Cardiology facilities at Sevenoaks Medical Centre, or to arrange an appointment with one of our consultants, please call 01732 775 800 or alternatively, use our online appointment request form.