The Cardiology Service is responsible for the assessment and treatment of a range of Cardiac conditions by a cardiologist specialist doctor and a consultant cardiologist. They will, of course, work closely with your usual GP and be able to organise further opinions, if needed.
Many patients with cardiac conditions do not need to be seen in secondary care by a cardiology outpatient clinic. The cardiology service was therefore set up to provide care within local communities and to ensure patients are seen by the right person, at the right time, closer to home.
It is our opinion that this is a major step forward in improving the care of patients with certain heart conditions.
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound examination of your heart and uses the same ultrasound technology as when an unborn baby is scanned during pregnancy. It can help your doctor see how well your heart muscle and valves are working. It also shows the size of your heart and many other potentially important abnormalities.
The test is relatively pain free, although may be a little uncomfortable, due to the position in which you need to lie (on your left hand side) and the gentle press of the ultrasound probe. It is advisable to wear a comfortable two piece outfit on the day of your examination and not to smoke for at least two hours before the test.
Dr Intisar Mirza is a Consultant Cardiologist at East Kent Hospitals. He has a private clinic at Bridge Health Centre which includes diagnostic testing and consultation. For more information please contact Bridge Health Centre on 01227 831900
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