Category Archives: Test for patients with heart valve disease

Cardiac catheterisation (Coronary angiogram)

Video 1  What is cardiac catheterisation? This is a procedure to investigate the coronary arteries. [...]

Cardiac magnetic resonance scan (CMR / MRI scan)

This test uses a strong magnet to modify the atoms in the body for a [...]

Computerised tomography (CT scan)

A CT scan is a complex X-ray usually timed with the ECG to produce 3D [...]

Cardiac monitor 

This is done if there is any suggestion of an abnormal rhythm or heart block [...]

Stress echocardiogram

The normal echocardiogram is performed with the patient at rest even though symptoms related to [...]

During the procedure

For the test you will lie on your left side and local anaesthetic is sprayed [...]

Preparation before a transoesophageal echocardiogram

Normally you will be told to take no food or fluids (nil by mouth) for [...]

Transoesophageal echocardiogram (TOE)

A transoesophageal echocardiogram is not needed routinely but may be necessary to produce more detailed [...]

6 minute walk test

This is a gentler test. You will be asked to walk laps up and down [...]

Exercise stress test (treadmill or bike stress test)

Stickers are placed on the chest to record the electrical activity of the heart. You [...]