The cardiovascular system is spread throughout your body and affects every part of it. This means that narrowing things down to a specific cause can sometimes be quite a complicated process.
When you first meet with your Consultant, they’ll talk with you about your symptoms. They’ll want to know things like:
- If you have chest pain, the type of pain it is: For example, is it sharp or dull, does it come on at rest, or during exercise?
- Whether your symptoms have been getting worse over time?
- How long this has been going on for?
In order to diagnose cardiovascular problems accurately there are a range of different diagnostic tests and technologies that can be used.
On-site at BMI The Meriden Hospital, we’re able to provide a comprehensive Cardiology service. With standard and advanced equipment, we can offer a range of diagnostic tests, including:
- Blood tests,
- Electrocardiogram (ECG), to measure your heart's electrical activity,
- Echocardiography: a specialised ultrasound scan of the heart,
- Heart rhythm monitoring,
- Exercise tolerance tests: to see how well your heart functions at different levels,
- CT coronary angiogram: uses X-rays and computer technology to produce imaging of the blood vessels supplying your heart.
- Cardiac MRI scan: magnetic resonance scan of your heart to assess its structure and function in great detail.
Once diagnosis has been made, it’s important to make sure you get the right treatment. Common treatments for cardiovascular problems include:
- Dietary changes,
- Increasing physical activity and exercise,
- Surgery, such as insertion of a pacemaker, performing an ablation or unblocking of a narrowed blood vessel.
Unusually for a private hospital, BMI The Meriden Hospital has its own Cardiac Catheterisation Lab. This dedicated environment provides us with the ability to carry out a wide range of tests and interventional procedures such as electrophysiology studies and ablation, angioplasty, or implantation of a pacemaker.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your Consultant will talk you through about treatment options, ensuring you have all the information you need to make an informed choice. Whether your treatment requires watchful waiting, medication or surgery, you will be in good hands.
Regular follow-up helps ensure you continue to receive the optimal treatment at all times. If you have questions at any time it’s very easy to arrange a time to see your Consultant for help and advice.