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If you’re feeling dizzy or fainting, experiencing shortness of breath or any other symptom that could be linked to arrhythmia, our cardiac physiology service can help you get the answers you need, quickly.
Cardiac physiology deals with the study of the heart and how its systems interact and depend on one another. It looks at:
Cardiac physiology services and assessments help to measure the function of the heart. This could include:
Many people in the UK live with an arrhythmia or heart rhythm problem. One of the most common is atrial fibrillation (AF), where the heart beats irregularly and faster than normal. These types of conditions can cause a range of symptoms and, as well as causing physical discomfort, can increase your risk of a stroke.
More than two million people a year in the UK experience arrythmias and most people can lead a normal life if it’s properly diagnosed. It’s important to see your GP or other healthcare professional sooner rather than later so that your diagnosis and treatment plan is made as quickly as possible,
You could be referred to our Cardiac Physiologist for several reasons. Common symptoms include palpitations, feeling dizzy, fainting, shortness of breath, family history of cardiovascular disease and any other symptom that could be linked to arrhythmia.
The most effective way to diagnose an arrhythmia is with an ECG, an electrical recording of your heart rhythm.
If the ECG doesn't identify a problem, you may need further monitoring of your heart. This may involve wearing a small portable ECG recording device called a Holter monitor or ambulatory ECG monitoring for 24 hours or longer.
If your symptoms seem to be triggered by exercise, an exercise ECG may be needed to record your heart rhythm while using a treadmill or exercise bike.
Other tests used in diagnosing arrhythmias include:
Our Cardiac Physiologists work closely with Consultant Cardiologists at the hospital and will liaise directly with your referring clinician once all assessments are completed and your results are available.
To request a quotation, or to arrange private cardiology treatment, please complete our online enquiry form or call our Private Patient Team on 01580 363158.