The program commences with an initial clinical assessment by an experienced preventative cardiologist.
Prior to this, blood testing will be requested for a general thorough blood check including a detailed cholesterol panel unless recently arranged.
The initial visit will include a resting echocardiogram (painless ultrasound test) to assess the heart’s function and structure at rest.
This will be followed by a stress-echocardiogram (exercise stress test combining ECG with ultrasound imaging) to assess for coronary blood flow, cardiovascular fitness, blood pressure and cardiac rhythm stability.
This session will conclude with a discussion with the cardiologist to summarise progress to this point.
Atherosclerosis (plaque) testing will mostly be recommended at this stage and will require referral to an approved radiology service.
Generally this will involve a simple x-ray test called a CT coronary calcium score. This involves a quick painless x-ray in a CT scanner (like a very large donut). This is not claustrophobic and there is no injection.
Occasionally other plaque or x-ray testing may be recommended.
The second visit with the cardiologist is a consultation to discuss the results of all testing including the plaque testing and if relevant, updated blood or other testing.
A personalized management action plan with specific recommendations around diet, exercise and lifestyle will be summarised and discussed and any questions addressed.
A comprehensive and confidential report will then be forwarded to each client.