The information outlined below on common conditions and treatments is provided as a guide only and it is not intended to be comprehensive.
Discussion with one of our cardiologists is important to answer any questions that you may have. For information about any additional conditions not featured within the site, please contact us for more information.
We now offer our patients a walk-in ECG service using our own machine – please get in touch for more information.
EXCERCISE TREADMILL TEST (ETT)
Although the resting Electrocardiogram (ECG) can detect and demonstrate to the cardiologist a number of abnormalities, the presence of a normal resting ECG does not rule out the possibility of significant coronary artery disease. A more appropriate way to look at this is with dynamic or Exercise Treadmill Test.
What happens during an ETT
The exercise test (or “stress test”) is conducted in a closely supervised situation. You will be attached to the ECG recording monitor just as you were for the resting ECG. You will then stand on a treadmill, which will begin to move very slowly. Progressively, as you become accustomed to the pace, the workload will be increased. All the time, we will be monitoring your heart rate, blood pressure and looking carefully at the ECG for any changes. You will be asked to report any chest pain/tightness during the test.
What happens after
You will be allowed to recover whilst we monitor the ECG and when your heart rate and blood pressure have returned to normal, the test is completed. The cardiologist will review and analyse your exercise test and if the characteristic features of changing within the ECG are present, this is a strong indication of Coronary artery disease. The effect of exercise on the blood pressure is also useful to monitor and can guide therapy.