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Mr Pradip Thakker provides expert treatment for a wide range of problems affecting children. He is skilled in the assessment and diagnosis of heart problems such as murmurs/palpitations, chest pains, faints, fits and funny turns.
An exercise ECG records the electrical activity of your heart whilst you exercise. This test is sometimes called an exercise stress test or exercise tolerance test. Small electrodes are stuck on to your chest. Wires from the electrodes are connected to the ECG machine. You will then be asked to exercise on a treadmill or on an exercise bike. The exercise starts at a very easy pace, and is gradually made more strenuous by increasing the speed and incline of the treadmill, or by putting some resistance on the bike wheel.
The electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a diagnostic tool that measures and records the electrical activity of the heart in exquisite detail. Interpretation of these details allows diagnosis of a wide range of heart conditions. These conditions can vary from minor to life threatening. The term electrocardiogram was introduced by Willem Einthoven in 1893. The process of performing an ECG involves attaching a series of electrodes to the patient's chest and limbs (usually with the patient lying down), and printing a recording on the ECG machine for interpretation by the specialist. It takes approximately 5 minutes to record a diagnostic ECG.
Echocardiogram is a diagnostic procedure that demonstrates the heart's function using ultrasound technology. It is sometimes referred to as an ECHO because a high-frequency sound is used for diagnosis. Echocardiogram, often referred to as a cardiac echo, or simply an echo, is a sonogram of the heart. (It is not abbreviated to ECG, which only refers to an electrocardiogram). Usually, echocardiography uses standard two-dimensional ultrasound images of the heart. However, there are also more specialised echo procedures such as dobutamine stress echos, transoesophageal echos and 3-D echos. Echocardiography has become routinely used in the diagnosis, management and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases. It can provide a wealth of helpful information, including the size and shape of the heart, pumping capacity, and the location and extent of any tissue damage.
A tilt test is used to diagnose a condition called vasovagal syncope or neurocardiogenic syncope, also known as common faints. The test reproduces your symptoms of dizziness or fainting under controlled and monitored conditions to help the cardiologist to make a diagnosis. Ten small sticky pads (electrodes) will be positioned on the patient's chest. Wires are then clipped onto these electrodes and connected to a monitoring machine (ECG); this will monitor your heart rhythm. You will be asked to lie down and be attached to a blood pressure monitor via a cuff. The bed will then be tilted upwards until you are almost vertical. If, after 20 minutes, you are still feeling well, you will be given one spray under the tongue of a drug that may cause symptoms similar to those you have experienced (dizzy, faint). The test is continued in this position for a further 15 minutes or until you feel dizzy/faint, along with a fall in blood pressure or heart rate, at which point the test will be stopped. If you are over 40, a doctor will rub on your neck after the tilt test. This is known as ‘carotid sinus massage’ and is done to see if your heart is prone to slowing down and, if so, you may feel dizzy or faint. At the end of your test you will be offered a drink and if no further problems are experienced , the patient is well enough to go home.