Cardiac diagnostic services

Epworth Geelong delivers comprehensive, expert cardiac and cardiothoracic diagnostics, treatment and care.

Our experienced cardiologists, sonographers and medical staff ensure accurate reports in a timely manner, servicing both inpatients and outpatients of the wider community.

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Our diagnostic services

Cardiac diagnostic services at Epworth Geelong include:

  • tests essential to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with heart disease and rhythm disturbances
  • analysis of heart rhythm and blood pressure

Cardiac diagnostic services tests

Transthoracic Echocardiogram

This test uses ultrasound to take images of your heart at rest. No special preparation is required.

Time required: 45 – 60 minutes

Treadmill Stress Echocardiogram

Comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for exercise must be worn. This test incorporates an echocardiogram and exercise stress test. Ultrasound images will be taken before and after exercise.Some medications must be stopped 48 hours prior to the test, please check with your referring doctor.

Time required: 1 – 1½ hours

Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

In this test, your heart rate will be increased using medications rather than exercise. You are required to fast for 1 hour before the test and some medications must be stopped 48 hours prior to the test, please check with your referring doctor.

Time required: 1 – 1½ hours

Transoesophageal Echocardiogram

This test requires a day admission to hospital. Fasting is required for at least 6 hours prior to this procedure. You will be given light sedation, an ultrasound transducer will be passed via your mouth down the oesophagus from where images of your heart will be obtained. It is essential that you have someone to drive you home after this procedure.

Treadmill Exercise Stress ECG Test

Comfortable clothing and walking shoes suitable for exercise must be worn. It’s important to check with your doctor if any medications need to be ceased before having this test.

Time required: 30 minutes

Holter Monitoring and Blood Pressure Monitoring

A monitor will be attached to your chest and waist, to record your heartbeat for 24 hours, or one week in the case of event monitoring. Blood pressure monitoring is recorded for 24 hours, using a cuff attached to your arm. You will be able to carry out normal activities such as working and shopping.

Time required: 20 minutes

Location

Cardiac Diagnostic Services is located on Level 2 of Epworth Geelong, via the staircase in the main entrance or Lift Bank A. View the hospital floor plan.

Contact cardiac diagnostic services at Epworth Geelong

With a referral from a doctor, patients can book a cardiac test:

Phone: 03 5271 7777
Fax: 03 5271 7710
Email: EG.Bookings@epworth.org.au