Private Service, Cardiology
High Blood Pressure
High Blood pressure (Hypertension) is a risk factor for stroke and heart attack. Dr McClean specialises in difficult to control blood pressure.
Tests at Cardiology Specialist Diagnostics for blood pressure are:
24 hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor: this measure blood pressure serially over the 24 hours using a blood pressure cuff on your arm connected to a small recorder on your belt or shoulder harness, to assess white coat hypertension, and whether blood pressure decreases normally in the evening.
Echocardiography is also referred to as cardiac ultrasound. This test is performed by a specially trained technician. It is a test that uses high frequency sound waves to generate pictures of your heart. During the test, you generally lie on your back; gel is applied to your skin to increase the conductivity of the ultrasound waves. A technician then moves the small, plastic transducer over your chest. The test is painless and can take from 10 minutes to half an hour.
Echocardiography is useful for assessing hypertensive changes in the heart including left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), impaired left ventricular function, aortic root and proximal ascending aorta dilatation.
To learn more, please go to: heart tests