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Cardiovascular Health Screening

Cardiovascular Health Screening

The first step of any cardiac assessment is to hear about your symptoms . Dr Costopoulos will do this from an open and holistic stance, taking all your concerns into consideration and asking questions which will guide the diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

The most common symptoms described by patients with heart problems can be categorised into 3 groups:

Palpitations, dizziness and black out

  • Feeling of heart racing

  • Pounding sensation in the chest

  • Dizziness

  • Fainting or blacking out

  • Loss of consciousness 

  • Smart watch alarm activation regarding a potential arrhythmia 

During your visit, the cardiologist will then proceed to

Listen to your heart and chest

Dr Costopoulos will use a stethoscope to listen to your heart. The sound arising from the closing of the heart valves can be expertly interpreted by the cardiologist for clues of potential heart problems such as heart valve dysfunction and a decrease in the ability of the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body. 

Take your heart rate​

Dr Costopoulos will feel your pulse to check your heart's rate and rhythm. This is a simple but extremely useful test which can help diagnose irregular heart rhythms (such as atrial fibrillation) as well as abnormalities relating to the ability of various heart valves to open and close properly.

Check your blood pressure

Blood pressure reflects the force generated by the heart pumping blood against the aorta (which connects the heart to the rest of the body). It is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). A normal blood pressure reading is usually around 120/80 mmHg. High blood pressure (hypertension) is when the pressure in the arteries is consistently high and low blood pressure (hypotension) is when it is too low. 

Discuss and arrange any other investigations

Blood pressure reflects the force generated by the heart pumping blood against the aorta (which connects the heart to the rest of the body). It is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). A normal blood pressure reading is usually around 120/80 mmHg. High blood pressure (hypertension) is when the pressure in the arteries is consistently high and low blood pressure (hypotension) is when it is too low. 

A consultation with Dr Charis Costopoulos will help you go through your symptoms and guide further investigations, and treatment, if required.

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