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					                HEART DIAGNOSTIC CLINIC
                  INFORMATION LETTER

     Mrs Vikki Ludgate is the Heart Diagnostic Specialist Nurse &
  Dr Debra King is the Consultant Physician with an interest in Heart
                               Disease

                              Heart Diagnostic Clinic
                            Cardiovascular Department
                              Arrowe Park Hospital

You have been referred to the Heart Diagnostic Clinic for assessment and investigation
of your recent symptoms and to find out the cause to allow correct treatment.

You will be seen by Vikki Ludgate, the Heart Diagnostic Specialist Nurse, who will ask
you questions about your general health and more specific questions about your recent
symptoms. She will perform your blood pressure sitting and standing, check your pulse
and weigh you.

You will then be examined by Vikki Ludgate and then Dr Debra King, Consultant
Physician. This will help to give a clearer picture regarding your diagnosis.

The following appropriate tests may be performed ie ECG (heart tracing to check your
heart rate and rhythm), Chest X-ray (to check the size of your heart and see if there is
any fluid present in your lungs), Echocardiogram (ultrasound scan to check the pumping
strength of your heart and the function of your valves) and Pulmonary Function Tests
(breathing tests to check your lung function). You may also have more blood tests (non
fasting) performed to give a clearer picture and to check for other conditions that may
be causing your symptoms.

The results of these tests will be discussed with the team and then Vikki Ludgate will
give you a full explanation regarding your diagnosis and, if it is heart related, give you
information leaflets. If necessary, you will be offered follow-up with either the Doctor
or the Specialist Nurse. This will be discussed with you at the clinic. We will try to
answer any questions you have and please feel free to ask them throughout the visit.

Please note that you may be in the clinic most of the morning ie at least 2–3 hours.

If you have any queries or worries about attending the clinic please contact Vikki
Ludgate on 604 7526. If she is not there please leave a message on her answer machine
with your ‘phone number and she will contact you as soon as possible (she works office
hours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm).


We look forward to seeing you in clinic on … / … / …

				
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