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Whilst there are an increasing number of effective treatments available for heart disease, the first step in management remains accurate diagnosis.

The Baker Specialist Clinics echocardiography service combines the latest equipment with the recognised expertise of our specialist research and clinical cardiologists. As such it is ideally placed to assist in the diagnosis and management of shortness of breath, heart failure and the diagnosis of coronary heart disease.

We are able to provide transthoracic echocardiography and stress echocardiography. These services are bulk-billed, have a minimal wait time and are provided by an expert team of cardiologists.

Referrals

Before making an appointment, your GP will need to complete the Baker Specialist Clinic Referral form. Completed referrals can be sent directly to alfredcentrereception@baker.edu.au or faxed to 8532 1899.

For any questions regarding bookings please phone the Baker Specialist Clinics on 8532 1800.

What is an echocardiogram?

This test uses ultrasound to produce images of your heart so that we can look at its structure and assess its ability to function. You will need to remove your shirt/blouse, lay on your left side on a bed and then flat on your back. The cardiographer will place a small amount of water based gel on your chest and place an external probe on the gel to produce the images. You will also have some small sticky electrodes placed on your chest so that an ECG can be recorded whilst you are having the echocardiogram.

You generally need to allow 60 minutes for this test.

What is a stress echocardiogram?

This test combines exercise and ultrasound to produce images of your heart so that we can look at its structure and assess its ability to function whilst your body is under stress. You will need to remove your shirt/blouse, lay on your left side on a bed and then flat on your back. The cardiographer will place a small amount of water based gel on your chest and place an external probe on the gel to produce the images. You will also have some small sticky electrodes placed on your chest so that an ECG can be recorded whilst you are having the echocardiogram. You will then be asked to walk on a treadmill and to do as much exercise as you can comfortably do. You will then be put back onto the bed, in the same position, so that the cardiographer can take more images of your heart. 

You generally need to allow 45 to 60 minutes for this test and you should wear comfortable walking shoes.

 

 


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