It is usual that 3 patients are scheduled each hour on the screening day. This means that people are normally present for between 20 and 60 minutes depending on whether they are seen 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
- Each patient will be greeted and registered by the Unit Manager when they arrive.
- Blood Pressure readings will be taken and recorded using an inflatable cuff around both bare upper arms.
- The patient is then asked to lie on a bed for an ECG (Electrocardiogram). This measures the electrical pathways and activity of the heart. Small sticky pads are applied to the chest, arms and legs and are connected to an ECG machine which records the heart rhythm.
In some cases an onsite ECHO (Echocardiogram) will have been prescribed by the cardiologist – this records moving images of the heart showing its structure and blood flow. It is similar to the ultrasound scan used to check babies during pregnancy and provides our clinical specialists with vital detail specific to certain potentially serious heart conditions. The provision of an echocardiogram on our screening day provides patients with 'gold standard' reassurance in cases that might otherwise require further investigation in hospital.
The tests are non-invasive and painless and they are carried out by our Senior Cardiac Technicians while the patient is lying down.