Cardiac Diagnostic Services


Epworth Cardiac Diagnostic Services provides ultrasound imaging of the heart for diagnostic purposes.

 

We are committed to the provision of quality cardiac diagnostic imaging services, including transthoracic, stress and transoesophageal echocardiograms. We also provide diagnostic stress ECG tests, tilt table tests and holter/BP monitoring.

 

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

 
 

Test information

 

Transthoracic Echocardiogram (45 - 60 minutes)

 

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

 

Treadmill Stress Echocardiogram (allow 1 - 1½ hours)


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.


Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram (allow 1 - 1½ hours)

 

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.

 

Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (TOE)

 

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.

 

Tilt Table Test (45 - 60 minutes)

 

You must not eat a heavy meal prior to the test but you may drink clear fluids.


It is essential that you have someone to escort you home after this test.


This test involves lying on a table which is tilted to a standing position. Your blood pressure and heart rate will be measured throughout the test and you may be given some medication. It is important to check with your doctor if any medications need to be ceased before having this test.


Treadmill Exercise Stress ECG Test (30 minutes)

 

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.


Holter Monitoring, Blood Pressure Monitoring and Event Monitoring (Allow 20 minutes)

 

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.


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Referrals


Epworth Richmond Cardiac Diagnostic Services


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Epworth Richmond Cardiac Diagnostic Services referral form PDF 48 KB

Epworth Geelong Cardiac Diagnostic Services

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Contact and location


Epworth Richmond Cardiac Diagnostic Services


Ground Floor, 89 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121
Phone 03 9426 6381
Fax 03 9426 6382
 

Location


Cardiac Diagnostic Services is located on the ground floor at 89 Bridge Road, Richmond. Enter at the Bridge Road entrance and turn right down the corridor on the ground floor.


Parking and transport


Undercover parking is available at commercial rates. Melways ref 2G, J5.


Catch public transport to Epworth Richmond Cardiac Diagnostic Services


  • Tram: North Balwyn 48 or East Burwood 75 from Flinders Street, stop 15
  • Train: Epping Line to West Richmond Station


Epworth Geelong Cardiac Diagnostic Services


Epworth Geelong

Level 2, 1 Epworth Place, Waurn Ponds VIC 2186

Phone 03 5271 7777

Fax 03 5271 7710

Email EGbookings@epworth.org.au


Location


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