Your health – for you and your next generation.
Why do you need heart screening?
Heart disease is one of the most common critical illnesses in the developed world. Detection of early signs of trouble can go a long way to improve the outcome.
We don’t stay healthy just for ourselves.
We stay healthy to protect and provide for our family.
We stay healthy so that we do not become a burden to our loved ones.
Who should get heart screening?
This is particularly suitable for the over 40’s with certain heart disease risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension or family history of heart disease or stroke.
What to expect in heart screening?
There will be 2 separate consultation visits. On the first visit, your cardiologist will take a full medical history from you, perform a physical examination and check your vital signs. It will be very helpful if you can bring all your routine medications with you to show your doctor. You will then have the opportunity to raise any concerns you have about your cardiovascular health. This is also a good time to discuss the choice of your screening package.
The next step involves recording your ECG and performing an ultrasound scan of your heart, we call that an echocardiography. The latter is a non-invasive test to study the structure and strength of your heart.
If you are physically active often an exercise ECG (commonly referred to as treadmill ECG) will be carried out. The exercise ECG will be replaced with a CT Angiogram if you prefer not to run on the treadmill.
After these cardio-centric tests, you will have some blood tests to check for anaemia, kidney function, cholesterol profile, inflammatory markers and diabetes. A CXR will also be taken too.
The results of all these investigations take time to report. You will be scheduled to return after 2 to 3 days to go through all the test results. A full report with recommendation will be made available to you.
Dr. Paul Ong
Senior Consultant Cardiologist
MB BChir (Cambridge)
CCST Cardiology (UK)