Cardiology is a branch of medicine dealing with diagnosing and treating diseases of the heart, blood vessels and blood. Cardiology includes both disease prevention and treatment of these diseases. Cardiac tests diagnose problems or abnormalities in the heart functioning or circulatory system. Cardiovascular disease can be analyzed using various advanced cardiac tests such as 24-hour Holter monitor test, exercise stress test etc. Advanced Cardiology provides the best holter monitor test Sydney services.
The Holter Monitor
A Holter monitor test is a diagnostic procedure that measures and records your heart’s electrical activity over 24 hours. Heartbeat patterns are recorded onto an electrocardiogram (ECG) strip, which is then attached to the monitor. A battery pack is worn on your waist, providing power for the device. During this test, you must wear an ECG monitor around your chest all day long while doing regular activities. The device may be worn under clothing or attached to a strap around your neck or waist and into pants pockets. The ECG monitor records heart rate variability, arrhythmic episodes (irregular rhythms), atrial fibrillation and other conditions that cause significant abnormalities in cardiac rhythm or conduction.
The Event Monitor
The Event Monitor is a portable, battery-operated device that records your heart rhythm continuously for 24 hours. It detects and records the electrical activity of your heart, which helps us determine if you may have an abnormal rhythm. The monitor can be used to diagnose a variety of cardiac arrhythmias, including:
- Atrial fibrillation
- Bradycardia (slow heart rate)
- Tachycardia (fast heart rate)
It also can be used to monitor your heart after a heart attack or other procedures.
The Implantable Loop Recorder
The implantable loop recorder is a small device placed in your heart via a catheterization procedure. It records the electrical activity of your heart for up to 30 days and then can be removed by a physician. It’s used to help diagnose many types of arrhythmias, including:
- Atrial fibrillation (AF)
- Persistent AF
- Atrial tachycardia
- Ventricular premature beats
The benefits of an ILC include the following:
- The ability to capture more complex cardiac events than an ambulatory monitor may allow for improved diagnosis. This can be especially helpful if you have persistent or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation since it will record even brief episodes of AF or flutter that might not be captured on an ambulatory monitor due to limitations on length and recording time; however, if you don’t have any symptoms with your arrhythmia, this may not apply as much since there won’t necessarily be any rhythm disturbances long enough for them to record anyway!
- Suppose you’re experiencing symptoms during the recording period, but they don’t last long enough or aren’t severe sufficient for diagnosis through monitoring alone (such as palpitations). In that case, having an ILC could provide additional diagnostic information about why these things happen so often, so we know how best to treat them when they occur again later down the road.
The Transthoracic Echocardiogram
An echocardiogram is a test where a doctor uses sound waves to take pictures of your heart. The test takes about 20 minutes, and you will either be given medicine before the test or pain medication afterwards. You can do an echocardiogram at any age, but it’s most commonly done in adults with a heart attack. The doctor may also recommend this test if you have an irregular heartbeat or high blood pressure.
The Stress Echocardiogram
The stress echocardiogram is a test that provides information about your heart’s ability to pump blood. It involves taking an echocardiogram while you exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike. Stress tests can assess the severity of coronary artery disease or whether there is any damage from a previous heart attack (myocardial infarction). You may also need this test if you have chest pain when you’re not exercising (unstable angina) or if you’re suspected of having coronary artery disease based on your medical history and symptoms. The procedure usually takes 20-30 minutes but might take longer, depending on how many views are needed for accurate results. In most cases, it can be done with local anaesthesia and requires no sedation or sedative drugs; however, if necessary, we may recommend some mild sedation to ensure patient comfort during the examination process.
Advanced Cardiology is the leading heart specialist in Sydney.
Advanced Cardiology is a leading cardiology practice in Sydney with experienced heart specialist Sydney. The practice provides specialist cardiac care for all ages and stages and manages complex cardiovascular conditions, including coronary artery disease, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), arrhythmias and heart failure. The Advanced Cardiology team are highly skilled in their field, with advanced training and expertise in treating a range of heart diseases, including:
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) involves the narrowing or blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. It can be caused by plaque build-up over time or an underlying condition like high blood pressure or diabetes mellitus. CAD may cause angina pain during exercise or stress. Other symptoms include shortness of breath on exertion; fatigue; weakness; nausea/vomiting; lightheadedness when standing up quickly after lying down.
If you are experiencing symptoms of heart disease, consult your doctor and make an appointment with Advanced Cardiology.
If you are experiencing symptoms of heart disease, consult your doctor and make an appointment with Advanced Cardiology. You can book an appointment online on the Advanced Cardiology website or call our friendly team on (02) 8936-8333.
Make sure you bring the following:
- Your insurance card(s), if applicable (you will be asked to provide this at the time of booking).
- A copy of your blood test results (if applicable).
Heart disease is a severe condition that requires proper treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms of heart disease, consult your doctor and make an appointment with Advanced Cardiology. We have offices across Sydney and offer various services, including stress echo, transthoracic echocardiogram and implantable loop recorder. Advanced Cardiology cardiologists in Sydney provide the best services in town.