A visit to your doctors can help you understand your overall heart health. The doctors we support at Lotus Medical Centre can use machinery and the very latest technology to gather crucial indicators of their patient’s health which can often stem from diet, pressures at work or stress at home. Your doctor can carry out a number of tests which are then provided to a Cardiologist and then returned to your GP for review with you. Below are some of the cardiology services the doctors consulting from Lotus Medical Centre provide using the latest machinery including:
Echocardiography which is a pain free test that allows sound waves to create a moving image of the heart. The image presented from this machine shows the shape and size of your heart.
Stress Echocardiogram is another painless test to assess how well the heart works under stress. The “stress” can be triggered by either exercise on a treadmill or a type of medicine.
ECG Monitoring records the electrical signal from your heart to check for various heart heart conditions. Electrodes are placed on your chest to record your heart’s electrical signals, which cause your heart to beat.
24 Hour ECG Monitoring (Holter Monitoring) is a measurement of blood pressure on a continuous basis, your BP is measured whilst you sleep as well. This type of blood pressure monitoring provides a full 24 hours of information which helps diagnose any concerns.
As you continue to age, managing underlying health concerns become even more important and the doctors we support encourage their patients to have heart check ups regularly. Your doctor is here to guide you and provide baseline testing which is then provided to a cardiologist for review. Once your Doctor receives the results they will step through them with you to help mitigate any risks and get you back on track should you be experiencing any irregular heart beats or concerns.
If you’re struggling with any heart related problems, please schedule an appointment with your doctor today
Common Heart Related Problems
Some of the more common cardiology concerns include:
- Arrhythmia – arrhythmia is a heart rhythm abnormality which causes irregular heartbeats to occur
- Atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries.
- Cardiomyopathy. This condition causes the heart’s muscles to harden or grow weak.
- Congenital heart defects
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart infections
Every individual is different, which is why you should consult your doctor to take care to find out your story. Knowing you can work with your doctor to identify tailored treatment options to address your particular concerns.
What To Expect From Your Appointment
In your first appointment, your doctor will complete some initial testing to determine the overall health of your heart and may talk to you about :
- Your expected outcomes
- What prompted you to make a cardiology appointment
- Family history of heart related concerns
- Your relationships with family and friends, any stress triggers
- Your feelings about your job and current life situation
- Existing medical conditions
- Drug and alcohol use
Once your doctor has formed a thorough picture of your needs, they will document this information along with the testing to provide to a Cardiologist. The cardiologist will review these results and provide them to your Doctor.
If you’re experiencing any heart concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor to book an appointment by calling (03) 9380 1588.