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Echocardiogram Test for Heart Health

Echocardiograms are a definitive measure of the structure & function of the heart. Using sound waves to produce moving images, the physiologist can detect abnormalities of the muscle & valves whilst measuring performance.

You may already have a heart disease diagnosis or other heart-related health conditions such as heart failure, heart attack, heart murmur, or valve disease. All of these require regular monitoring, so you may be more than familiar with the long waits between visits to your cardiologist or between cardiac assessments.

Our private cardiologists are glad to provide a quick, easy, and stress-free alternative, offering regular consultations with minimal wait times and reliable echocardiogram procedures in order to stay on top of your heart condition and required treatment. Whatever your health concerns, our private echocardiogram service can help you maintain your heart’s health and avoid significant or unexpected deterioration.

The main purpose of an echocardiogram test is to detect changes or deterioration in the heart early on, before you begin to experience symptoms or miss the ideal window to begin treatment. Regular echocardiogram procedures also allow your cardiologist to monitor change, be it positive or negative.

If you have symptoms of breathlessness on exertion, dizziness, chest pain, palpitations, chronic or progressive fatigue, problems with your breathing at night, fluid retention; if you have had long term or particularly high blood pressure or been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation; if you value your health & feel like taking stock – an echocardiogram can be a useful investigation for these and many other symptoms.

With long waits on echocardiograms across Northern Ireland, opting for a private cardiologist can help to ensure that you access the cardiac assessments you need early on in your illness.

Echocardiogram tests can be used to diagnose and/or monitor the progression of heart-related illnesses or diseases, such as:

Echocardiograms can be used to help diagnose or monitor the progression of diseases affecting the heart, such as:

  • Injury to your heart muscle because of a heart attack
  • Blood clot in your heart
  • Damaged heart valves
  • Congenital heart disease (an abnormality you were born with) e.g. cardiomyopathy
  • Endocarditis (an infection in your heart)
  • Pericardial effusion (fluid around your heart)
  • Heart failure (when your heart isn’t pumping blood properly)
  • Enlarged heart chambers

Why is it important for young athletes to undergo cardiac assessments?

Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) is a relatively common disorder & the most common genetic cardiovascular disease. HOCM is a significant cause of sudden cardiac death in young people, including well-trained athletes, affecting men and women equally across all races.

You will have seen in the media, highly publicised events involving the sudden collapse of young, highly trained athletes in GAA, FIFA, athletics, cycling.

It has now become commonplace for professional, semi-professional & even some amateur competitive sports to mandate screening for HOCM in their highest-performing athletes.

Death from HOCM is preventable by early identification & cardiological management – this is facilitated by diagnosis via Echocardiogram.

If you or your family member is an athlete & performing at a reasonably competitive level – consider booking an Echocardiogram.