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Cardiac Investigations Department

The Congenital cardiac investigations department is situated within the purpose built outpatients unit; it consists of a dedicated team many of which have been with the EMCHC since its formation.

The department is highly skilled and specialises in investigations to aid in the diagnosis and follow-up of both paediatric and adult patients with congenital heart disease.

The team are also responsible for a number of tests carried out on paediatric and adult congenital patients who are admitted onto the ward or are in the intensive care unit as well as providing an outpatient service.

Tests provided

Echocardiogram (Echo) – This is an ultrasound scan of the heart.  It is a painless and non-invasive procedure which uses a small camera placed on different areas of the chest to obtain images of the heart to enable assessment of its structure and function.

Electrocardiogram (ECG) – This is a painless test which records the electrical activity of the heart by placing small stickers (Electrodes) onto the chest and attaching them to the ECG machine. The rate and rhythm of the heart is then recorded helping to identify any possible abnormalities.

Ambulatory monitoring – Enables the hearts rate and rhythm to be recorded for longer periods of time then an ECG. A small device is used for a period of 24 hours to 2 weeks. These monitors can be taken home or attached during inpatient stay.

Exercise Tolerance Test – ETT – This test enables the rate and the rhythm of the heart to be monitored during exercise. Stickers will be attached to the chest and the patient will be asked to walk on a treadmill whilst under supervision of specialised staff.

For information or enquires please contact – Cardiac Investigations – 0116 2563926