Have you been experiencing tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, heart palpitations or dizzy spells?
At Ghosh Medical our world class cardiologists are highly skilled and experienced in treating patients who have suffered from heart related issues. Whether you are looking for peace of mind, testing, or expert advice, our Private Cardiology Consultations are the quickest way to get reassurance and properly address your health concerns
- Heart scans, such as echocardiogram
- Heart monitors (from 24 hours, up to 7 days for palpitations)
- Chest pain assessment
- Palpitations assessment, such as SVT or atrial fibrillation
- Dizzy or loss of consciousness or blackout assessment
- Breathlessness assessment
- Heart murmurs assessment
- Management of common heart-related conditions including Angina, High cholesterol and Hypertension
- Coronary Angiography
- Coronary stent procedure (coronary artery balloon and stent treatment)
Booking a Private Cardiology Consultation in Liverpool
If you think you may be experiencing any of the above symptoms or problems, please don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange an appointment and speak directly with our specialist consultants.
During your consultation, one of our expert cardiologists will assess your symptoms and your overall cardiac health, in order to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you. From there, the treatment services offered to you may include:
An Ambulatory Electrocardiogram (ECG) procedure involves continuously recording your heart’s electrical activity for a specific period of time (either 24 hours, 48 – 72 hours, or 96 hours – 7 days). This helps to identify any abnormalities in your heart’s rhythm and/or diagnose conditions such as atrial fibrillation. ECGs can also help a cardiologist to tell what type of palpitations are you suffering from.
Why might you need an Ambulatory ECG?
If your doctor or cardiologist suspects that you are experiencing arrhythmia (abnormal heart rate or rhythm), they may recommend an Ambulatory ECG. Symptoms of arrhythmia may include fatigue or weakness, dizziness, rapid heartbeat or pounding in the chest. However, arrythmia may never be detected by a physical examination from your doctor, whilst an ECG may detect arrythmia. This makes an ECG procedure essential for people who are experiencing the above symptoms.
How is an Ambulatory ECG done?
The waterproof heart monitor device, together with waterproof patch electrode, make the patient's life easier during ECG recordings, while still ensuring superior signal quality. An ambulatory ECG is a non-invasive procedure. Small metal electrodes are stuck onto your chest, with wires from the electrodes connecting to a small lightweight recorder. It should only take around 10 minutes for the electrodes and recorder to be fitted. You should wear the recorder in bed, too, but should not have a bath or shower as the recorder should not get wet. The ECG will then record the electrical activity of your heart whilst you are walking about (ambulatory) and doing your normal activities.
Preparing for your ECG – Things to Remember:
- Don’t use any oils or moisturisers on your skin when you go for your ECG, as they may prevent the sticky pads from sticking.
- You will have to undress to the waist when you have the ECG – so don’t wear clothing which is difficult to remove.
- Only stop any medicines if you have been specifically told to by your cardiologist.
What happens after your ECG?
Your ECG results will be used by our cardiologists to assess whether you have a heart condition.
Sometimes, you may be required to have more tests after your ECG, such as an Echocardiogram, to determine what the cause of your problem is. This is because your ECG may look abnormal even if your heart is healthy (and vice versa).
An Echocardiogram is a scan which uses ultrasound (sound waves) to produce pictures of the heart. There are many reasons why your cardiologist may want you to have an Echocardiogram, but it is usually to look at the internal structure and underlying muscle function of the heart.
Why might you need an Echocardiogram?
An Echocardiograms, also known as an ‘echo’, is useful for assessing the overall function of the heart and checking for problems within the valves or chambers of the organ. If you have been experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or swelling in the legs, then an Echocardiogram can help determine whether a heart problem is the cause of such symptoms. If you had previous physical examinations of the heart and chest area, where abnormalities such as a heart murmur have been detected, then an Echocardiogram can be conducted to identify the cause of such abnormalities, and ultimately arrive at an appropriate treatment plan for the problem.
How is an Echocardiogram done?
Patients will be asked to undress down to the waist in order to perform the ECG, and you will be asked to lie on a bed. Sticky pads will be applied to your chest, and a gel will be used to help the sound waves to reach your heart. This gel will feel cold but is completely safe for use on the skin. The medical professional conducting the procedure will move the probe around the chest and heart area. The probe is used to give off pulses of high frequency sound waves, which pass through your skin to reach your heart. These waves then ‘echo’ against the structures of the heart, with the probe picking up these reflections and showing them on the screen.
Prior to your Echocardiogram, there is no special preparation required. You can eat and drink as normal and continue to take any medication. The test will be done in a private room with one of our fully qualified and highly skilled cardiologists, helping to put your mind at ease.
What is a Contrast Echocardiogram?
A Contrast Echocardiogram is a specific type of Echocardiogram, in which a special dye is injected into one of the veins in your arms, helping our cardiologists to see and assess your heart more clearly.
Why might you need a Contrast Echocardiogram?
If you have had any Echocardiogram but the picture quality isn’t very good, then the use of a contrast agent (dye) can be very useful in helping to improve the image quality and allowing our cardiologists to see the borders of the heart more clearly.
A Contrast Echocardiogram can therefore enable our cardiologists to take a more detailed look at the structure of your heart, helping to assess the overall pump function of your heart, as well as to diagnose any potential blood clots.
A DC Cardioversion (Direct Current Cardioversion) is a procedure which uses a defibrillator to convert an abnormal heart rhythm to a normal heart rhythm. The defibrillator delivers a controlled electric shock to your heart, in order to return your heart rhythm (or beat) to normal.
Why might you need a DC Cardioversion?
If you have been diagnosed with an abnormal heart rhythm, such as atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, then a DC Cardioversion should be used in order to return the heart to a normal, safe beating pattern. During atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) do not beat correctly. This increases the risk of a blood clot in the heart chambers, therefore making a stroke more likely.
Whilst your doctor may have prescribed you an anticoagulant, such as warfarin, to prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of stroke, a DC Cardioversion can be used to improve the overall function and efficiency of your heart. A DC Cardioversion will help your heart to return to a normal rhythm and, in some cases, allow for the use of the anticoagulant to be discontinued.
How is a DC Cardioversion done?
During the procedure, you will lie on a trolley and the medical practitioner will attach two large sticky pads (electrodes) to your chest and back. You will be attached to the defibrillator monitor and blood pressure machine, in order for your heart rhythm and blood pressure to be monitored throughout the Cardioversion. You will be given a short-acting general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep throughout the procedure.
The defibrillator machine will give you one or two controlled electric shocks to your heart wall, whilst the defibrillator monitor will be continuously monitoring your heart rhythm throughout the procedure, so our cardiologists can see if the Cardioversion was successful.
The whole procedure is expected to last around 10 minutes.
What to expect after a DC Cardioversion
It is usual to feel tired or unsteady when waking up from a Cardioversion. It is essential that you rest for a few hours, in order for the general anaesthetic to wear off. Our cardiologists will continue to monitor your heartbeat using an ECG machine.
You should avoid driving, drinking alcohol, operating machinery or signing legal documents for 24 hours after the procedure, as the effects of the general anaesthetic can make it harder for you to coordinate your movements and think clearly. Your cardiologist may prescribe anticoagulant medicines for you to take at home.
How successful are DC Cardioversions?
Various studies have found that electrical Cardioversion is over 90% effective in restoring normal heart rhythm, although patients can revert back to atrial fibrillation shortly after the procedure. In this instance, you may want to get back in touch with your cardiologist to discuss the possibility of them performing the Cardioversion again - although they may recommend an alternative treatment instead.
Why Choose Ghosh Medical?
At Ghosh Medical, we put the patient experience at the forefront of what we do, ensuring a friendly and personal service from the moment you contact us. We are committed to providing world class medical care and ensuring all of our patients feel welcomed and at ease. You do not need an NHS referral letter to arrange an appointment with one of our Consultant Cardiologists. Just simply call or email us to speak to one of our medical professionals and arrange a consultation.
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