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Heart Screening

Early detection through screening can prevent complications of heart diseases. When conditions are detected early, patients can have more time to review treatment options and make necessary lifestyle modifications to improve their heart health. 

In Singapore, adults aged 18 and above should consult a cardiologist for a cardiovascular risk assessment every five years. The assessment would assess one’s total cardiovascular risk based on their age, gender, ethnicity, smoking status, total and high density lipoprotein (HDL) and systolic blood pressure.

Here are some tests commonly conducted for heart screening:

What is a Stress Echocardiogram (Echo)?

A stress echocardiogram (echo) is a test used to assess how well one’s heart function when under stress. 
During the test, patients would be asked to exercise on a treadmill or stationary bicycle while their blood pressure and heart rhythm is measured. At the peak levels of their heart rate, the cardiologist would take ultrasound images of the patient’s heart and structure. The images would detail whether the heart muscles have enough blood and oxygen when under stress. The test also determines how much exercise (or stress) one can put on their heart.

What is a Myocardial Perfusion Test?

A myocardial perfusion test, also known as nuclear stress test, is an imaging test of the heart. The test is carried out to analyze how well blood flows through the heart muscle and how well the heart muscle’s pumping function is. It is often done after a heart attack to detect areas of damaged heart muscle. It can be done when patient is at rest or during exercise. The test can also be ordered when one experiences chest pain (new onset or prolonged periods) to check for coronary artery disease or myocardial infarction. It is also commonly used to assess blood flow to the heart muscle after a coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty or stent placement. 

What is a Electrophysiology Study (EP Study)?

An electrophysiological study (EP) is a test used to assess the electrical system of the heart and to check for abnormal heart rhythms. The natural electrics of the heart coordinate contractions to different parts of the organ; allowing for the natural flow of blood. It helps create the heartbeat or heart rhythm. 

During an EP study, cardiologists would insert small, thin wire electrodes into a vein in the groin, and thread them through the vein to the heart. The electrodes would then measure the heart’s electric signals and detect any abnormal heart rhythm. An EP study is usually conducted when patients present with symptoms such as dizziness, fainting spells, palpitations that are believed to be causes by abnormal heart rhythm.

What is a Coronary Angiogram?

Coronary angiography is a diagnostic procedure to observe how blood flows through the heart’s arteries and blood vessel function using x-ray imaging technology. It detects artery narrowing and blockage and is the most commonly performed type of cardiac catheterisation procedure used to diagnose and treat conditions  related to the heart and blood vessels.
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What is a Blood Test?

A blood test is an important diagnostic tool used to evaluate your overall health. Blood is drawn and tested for a wide range of disorders, including anemia, infection and leukemia
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What is an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a painless and non-invasive procedure where a magnetic field and radio waves are used to view objects in the body. Radio waves are transmitted to a receiver in the machine which forms an image of the body that can be used to diagnose various health issues. Common areas that are diagnosed with MRI include the brain, breasts, joints, heart and blood vessels.
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Watch this video to find out more about cardiac screening:

HealthConnexion, our screening center, offers comprehensive health screening packages that that can help detect abnormalities in your heart that require medical attention. Here are the list of health screening packages you may consider:

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