Cardiac Screening

Cardiac Screening

What Is Cardiac Screening?

Cardiac screening is the process of examining the heart to identify any signs of disease or abnormalities in healthy individuals.  This painless and simple investigation has been compulsory in all teenagers and adults competing in athletic sports in Italy since 1982 and many other European countries now also offer cardiac screening programmes to their competitive athletes.  These programmes are backed by sporting professional bodies such as FIFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as they can reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death.

What Does Cardiac Screening Involve?

We adhere to the European Society of Cardiology guidelines (ESC 2005) and our screening programme is accredited with the Football Association (FA).  The screening comprises a detailed cardiac questionnaire, a 12 lead ECG and a special heart ultrasound scan known as an echocardiogram.  The screening takes around 30 minutes and is carried out by a cardiac nurse specialist and a Consultant Cardiologist.  Once completed, the results will be analysed by the Consultant Cardiologist and your report will be sent to you within 5 working days.

Who Should Be Screened?

Sadly, approximately 16 young people (under 35) die a week in the UK from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Our screening service is available upon request to all persons aged between 14-35 but not younger as their hearts are yet to fully develop and will often give inaccurate results if screened. There is a misconception that only elite athletes should be screened but in reality, anyone who participates in sport and even those who don’t can suffer SCD.

If you are over the age of 35, our heart specialists can screen for coronary artery disease with a stress echocardiogram. This type of test is more sensitive for pathology in this age group, please call for more details.

What If Something Abnormal Is Found?

Very occasionally there may be a requirement for further investigations such as, a cardiac MRI, 24 hour ECG monitoring, or a repeat echocardiogram in a few months following the initial screening.  This can be arranged for you through our partnership with Spire Southampton Hospital or, our Consultant will refer you into the NHS system via your registered General Practitioner.

If an abnormality is found, you will be invited back to see the Consultant Cardiologist to discuss your results and the available options of further investigation.  There will be no additional charge to you for this consultation appointment.

Our specialist consultants welcome the opportunity to build a relationship with your club, school or organisation with the provision of our professional, flexible and convenient service.  Screening days can be arranged for your convenience and discounts for large groups are available.

More Information & Book

For more information or to make a booking, please call or e-mail Donna Bulfin via: