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Screening

How is screening performed?

HeartScan’s screening service is similar to that used by the Football Association for their Scholar screening programme.

You will be asked to sign a consent form prior to screening and to fill in a personal and family history medical questionnaire.

You will then have an ECG and an echocardiogram (Echo).

ECG:

An ECG is a simple, non-invasive and painless test that examines the electrical activity of your heart. You will be asked to lie on a couch and small stickers are placed on your chest, arms and legs. These are connected by flexible leads to the ECG machine. The electrical activity from your heart is then recorded and printed out. The whole test takes about 5-10 minutes.

For more information on an ECG, click here.

Echocardiogram (Echo):

An echocardiogram, commonly known as an Echo, uses ultrasound to examine the heart.

It is a similar technique to the scans performed in pregnant women to examine the unborn baby and is completely safe and painless.

It provides information on the structure of the heart and how the heart is working.

You will need to lie on a couch on your left side and a small device called a transducer will be placed on your chest to obtain the images of your heart. You may be asked to lie flat and to hold your breath at times.

The test takes approximately 30 minutes to perform.

For more information on an ECHO, click here.

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