Diagnostics & Tests
Your health is our priority.
We use a range of diagnostics to determine which disease or condition explains a patient’s symptoms and signs. We offer highly efficient diagnostic services with cutting-edge technology.
Implantable loop ECG recorder
Pacemaker/Defibrillator interrogation and programming
Carotid artery Echo-doppler examination
Peripheral artery Echo-doppler examination, venous and arterial
Thyroid gland Ultrasound
Lung function test
Tilt table test
Automatic lymphatic drainage
24H-BP Monitor (Blood Pressure Monitor)
This small digital machine measures your blood pressure at regular intervals in order to provide a clear picture of how your blood pressure changes throughout the day. A cuff is placed around your upper arm and the machine itself can be attached to a belt for comfort.
24H-Holter ECG (up to 7 days)
ECG recording for at least 24 hours to detect changes of the heart rhythm and rate which only occur at times and do not persist. The Holter ECG is a small electric device capable of recording your ECG continuously via thin cables connected to ECG leads attached to the skin of your chest.
ABI-Exam (Ankle-Brachial Index)
Do you have pain in your legs whilst walking? The ankle-brachial index test compares the blood pressure measured at your ankle with the blood pressure measured at your arm level. A low ankle-brachial index number means narrowing or blockage of the arteries in your legs.
Diabetics should have this test once a year as a screening for vascular disease.
Stress Test (Treadmill or Bicycle)
A stress test or exercise tolerance ECG test monitors your heart's rhythm and electrical activity and your blood pressure during exercise. This takes place on a treadmill or a bicycle within our GP clinic.
Carotid Artery Echo-Doppler
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Over 100 years old, this test is still an indispensable tool for the cardiologist. An electrocardiogram, more commonly known as an ECG, is a quick and simple test which looks at the electrical activity of the heart at rest.
Echocardiography, Transthoracic (TTE)
An echocardiogram, more commonly referred to as an 'Echo' or a “TTE“, is an ultrasound scan of the heart. It is used to assess the structure and function of the heart and visualize the valves, heart chambers, heart muscle and blood flow to give a detailed picture of cardiac health.
A medication induced stress test combining echocardiography and ECG evaluation at the same time. Dobutamine is an intravenous medication causing your heart rate to rise gradually in relation to the administered dose. We regularly perform this test when our patients are incapable of performing an exercise induced test due to orthopedic problems or when the exercise induced test was insufficient, because it did not achieve the exercise level and goal heart rate required.
Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
Sometimes a trans thoracic echocardiography does not provide a clear enough image of the heart, and a transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is required to provide the required information. This test will be performed under sedation at CardioCare Marbella.
Echo-Doppler Vascular Ultrasound, Arteries
Ultrasound with color doppler examination of the arteries of the legs to visualize possible calcified narrowings and the blood flow, performed when we suspect reduced blood flow in the legs. The test is non-invasive and can be performed easily.
Ultrasound with color doppler examination of the veins is performed to diagnose thrombosis or insufficient veins, causing varicose veins and leg swelling.
Abdominal Ultrasound Examination
Ultrasound can also be used to examine the abdominal organs, their size, additional structures and their blood flow. We routinely perform this test to evaluate for liver disease, gallbladder problems, kidney problems and to screen for an enlarged abdominal aorta.
Thyroid Ultrasound Examination
We use the ultrasound to measure the size of your thyroid gland, as well as the aspect of the tissue, the size and aspect of nodes encountered. This imaging test is the first test necessary when evaluating abnormal thyroid hormone levels found in your blood analysis.
Lung Function Test
This simple test measures the airflow during inhalation and exhalation, allowing a quick diagnosis of possible lung disease like asthma, COPD and emphysema.
Implantable Loop Recorder (ILR) / The Subcutaneous, Continuous ECG Monitor
An implantable loop recorder (ILR) monitors the heart for a sustained period of time and records your heart rhythm continuously for up to three years.
The ILR is a very small device, smaller than a standard USB memory stick, which is inserted under the skin of the chest in a small procedure carried out under local anesthetic. The procedure takes maximum 10 minutes, no sedation required.
Pacemaker and Defibrillator (ICD) Interrogation and Programming
At least once a year checks are mandatory for patients with implanted pacemakers or defibrillators. Prior to your appointment, please inform us regarding the company and model of your device.
Tilt Table Test
The tilt table test is predominately used to determine the cause of syncope or fainting. This test is available in co-operation with CardioCare Marbella.