The medical involves a review by our nurses who have extensive health screening experience. This is review of the extensive questionnaire completed by the participant and the following tests are carried out:
Once the tests have been completed they will be reviewed by our Cardiologist and you will then be sent a full report on the results of your heart screening. The report will also advise you on any further action that may need to be taken. We can also assist you with further specialist referral and have a network of cardiologists that we are happy to recommend and refer you to.
Many of the conditions which cause SADS are treatable but require further investigation. In a case where we detect results that are outside of the normal limits we will refer you to your GP with a detailed report on the screening and your results.
We also have a number of Consultant Cardiologists on our referral panel and can assist you (or your parent(s) or guardian) with the referral process.
Some Frequently Asked Questions About Your Heart Screening Medical
Q? What age group should be screened?
A. At Heart Screening we screen individuals from 18 years of age upwards. The main reason for this is because many conditions may not develop until adolescents and the heart can continue to change and this therefore indicates a more accurate picture for the individual.
The highest risk category for SADS is from the age of 15-35 years, with the incidence being higher in boys for the first two decades of life and in girls in the first three decades of life.
We do not however have an age limit and persona of all ages from 18 onwards can come to us for a heart screening.
Q? Are there different risks in people over 35?
A. An ECG at any age is a useful indicator for cardiac risks which may predispose a person to cardiac ill health, especially in relation to inherited conditions. In persons older then 35 years the most common cause of death is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) or conditions acquired through lifestyle related factors and this may require other assessments. As the predominant examination of our screening is an ECG, the ECG can fail to detect individuals over 35 who have CAD. For individuals over 35 years we recommend our Cardiac Risk Health Screening, which also includes a range of blood tests.
Q? Is the screening done for men and women?
A. Yes, our Cardiac Risk Screening is done for both men and women
Q? What does the heart screening involve?
A. ALL medicals involves a review by one of our Nurses. This is review of the extensive questionnaire completed by the participant and the follow tests are carried out:
Depending on the type of screening you require, we can also carry out the following tests:
Once the tests have been completed they will be reviewed by our Nurse and Doctor* and all ECG’s will be reveiwed by our Cardiologist and you will then be sent a full report on the results of your heart screening. The report will also advise you on any further action that may need to be taken. We can also assist you with further specialist referral and have a network of cardiologists that we are happy to recommend and refer you to.
Q? What should I bring with me for the screening?
A. If you have been given a heart screening health questionnaire to complete please bring this with you (if you haven’t been given a questionnaire you can fill it in on the day or download it from our website).
Please also ensure that you bring any information on your family history that involves heart related conditions.
Please bring your GP details for our records.
Q? Is there anything I need to do before the screening?
A. Clients should refrain from using any body lotions or creams on the morning of the screening (as this can affect the ECG reading and contact of the equipment to the skin).
Clients should wear loose comfortable clothing, females should wear trousers and should avoid wearing dresses or tights tights, as the ECG stickers have to be placed on the feet.
Q? How will the test feel when it is being carried out?
A. You will not feel anything when the ECG is being done and there is no electric current sent through the body. If there is a lot of chest hair, it may feel uncomfortable when the electrodes are being removed. You will be asked to remain still when the ECG is being done as movement can affect the quality of the tracing.
Q? Who receives the results?
A. The results will be forwarded to you at your home address within 10 days of the screening. If you are under 16 they will be sent to your parent(s) or guardian.
We ask that you tick a box on the heart screening questionnaire to give your consent that the results can be sent to your GP or other relevant medical care provider, if the medical practitioner feels that follow up is necessary.
We do not disclose the details of your medical to any other person or institution, such as insurance institutions, employers etc.
Q? What if there is an abnormal result?
A. You will be contacted regarding the report on your ECG. This will be done by our Clinical Nurse Manager. If you demonstrate a medium or high risk for SADS, we will give you specific advice in relation to further recview requirements by a cardiologist. We also have a number of Consultant Cardiologists on our referral panel and can assist you (or your parent(s) or guardian) with the referral process.
Q? Will abnormal results affect me with insurances schemes and prevent me being able to get future policies?
A. If a serious heart condition is detected which increases your risk of early cardiac death, it is likely that this may impact on insurances such as health insurance, income protection, mortgage protection etc
You will however have to declare this to your insurance provider and discuss the impact with them as it will vary between providers and have varying degrees of consequences and costs depending on your insurance provider.
Q? How often should the screening be repeated?
A. Although some conditions can be detected by just having one heart screening (such as some of the electrical disorders), there are other Cardiomyopathies that can develop over time and may develop in years after your screening. If you have symptoms of chest pain, palpitations or shortness of breath, you should consult your GP. If your cardiac risk factros are lifestyle related we can give specific advice and reccommendations trhough many of our health specialists. We normally recommend that heart screening is done every two years.
Q? Who will be reviewing and reading my test results?
A. Your results will be reviewed by our cardiac trained nurses and discussed with you on the day. They will then be reviewed by our consultant Cardiologist.
*all abnormal bloods will be referred to our doctor for a medical opinion and this report will be provided to you.
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