Overview

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.

Referring to Cardiac diagnostic services

Our patients are at the centre of everything we do.

Our Find a Doctor directory allows you to contact an Epworth accredited specialist for your GP to refer you to.

A referral from your GP, a Specialist or other health professional is required to access Cardiac Diagnostic Services. Referrals can be made by downloading the appropriate form below:

Epworth Richmond Cardiac Diagnostic Services

Epworth Geelong Cardiac Diagnostic Services

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  • 1 Epworth Place, Waurn Ponds VIC 3216
  • Emergency Department is open between 8:00 AM and midnight local time
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  • 89 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121
  • Emergency Department is open 24 hours

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Cardiac Sciences Clinical Institute

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A/Prof Ronald Dick
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The institute is committed to the care of patients with cardiac disease and provides the highest standards in investigation and management to ensure a speedy and effective recovery process.