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Cardiovascular Health Screening

Cardiovascular Health Screening

The first step of any cardiac assessment is to listen to your concerns and symptoms. The consultants at the Cambridge Cardiology Clinic do this from an open and holistic stance, taking all aspects into consideration and asking questions which will guide the diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

The most common symptoms described by patients with heart problems can be categorised into 3 groups:

Palpitations, dizziness and black out 

  • Feeling of heart racing

  • Pounding sensation in the chest

  • Dizziness

  • Fainting or blacking out

  • Loss of consciousness 

  • Smart watch alarm activation regarding a potential arrhythmia 

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Breathlessness 

  • Feeling of being unable to fill the lungs

  • Trying to catch your breath

  • Breathlessness when lying flat in bed

  • Waking up at night to catch your breath

  • Shortness of breath out of proportion for the degree of physical activity being undertaken (such as walking or performing your everyday activities)

Breathing Problems
Chest discomfort, pain, tightness, pressure 

  • Chest discomfort or pain

  • Jaw ache, discomfort, burning or pain

  • Arm ache, discomfort, burning or pain

  • Reduced exercise capacity and tiredness

  • Chest discomfort when breathing

  • Chest discomfort that is associated with movement

Palpitations

During your visit, the cardiologist will then proceed to

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Listen to your heart and chest

Your cardiologist will use an evergreen instrument called a "stethoscope" to listen to your heart. The sound arising from the closing of the heart valves can be expertly interpreted by the cardiologist for clues of potential heart problems, such as heart valve dysfunction and decrease in the ability of the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body. 

Checking Pulse

Take your heart rate

Your cardiologist will feel your pulse to check your heart's rate and rhythm. This is a simple but extremely useful test which can help diagnose irregular heart rhythms (such as atrial fibrillation) as well as abnormalities relating to the ability of various heart valves to open and close properly.

High Blood Pressure

Check your blood pressure

Blood pressure reflects the force generated by the heart pumping blood against the aorta (which connects the heart to the rest of the body). It is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). A normal blood pressure reading is usually around 120/80 mmHg. High blood pressure (hypertension) is when the pressure in the arteries is consistently high and low blood pressure (hypotension) is when it is too low. 

At the Cambridge Cardiology Clinic, a consultation with one of our cardiology consultants can help you go through your symptoms and guide further investigations, and treatment, if required.

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