Here are some common reasons you may need to or have been referred for a cardiologist consultation:
- Chest Pain: If you're feeling pain in your chest, it could be linked to a heart problem. It's a good reason to see a cardiologist.
- High Blood Pressure: Having high blood pressure can strain your heart over time. It's recommended to consult with a cardiologist if you have high blood pressure.
- Heart Palpitations: If your heart frequently beats too fast, too slow, or irregularly, it might indicate a heart issue. It's advisable to visit a cardiologist.
- Brief Loss of Consciousness (Cardiovascular Syncope): If you occasionally faint or lose consciousness, even for a short time, it could signal a serious heart problem. Seeing a cardiologist is crucial in such cases.
A cardiologist consultation involves a doctor looking into your medical history and doing tests to check for heart problems. Normally, you need a referral from your regular doctor to see a cardiologist. Heartscope has specialised cardiologists who can help you manage and treat any heart conditions that you might have.
What will happen during the consultation?
When you see the cardiologist, they will ask about your symptoms and how you've been feeling. They might also do some tests to figure out what's going on with your heart. The cardiologist might recommend these tests:
- ECG (Electrocardiogram): This test checks the electrical activity of your heart.
- Heart catheterization: It involves inserting a thin tube into your heart to look for any blockages or abnormalities.
- Ultrasound: This uses sound waves to create images of your heart and see how it's functioning.
- Heart biopsy: A small sample of heart tissue is taken for further examination.
- Stress test with exercise: This test measures how your heart responds to physical activity.
(This test will take up to 30 minutes)
No Preparation Required.