Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How to get to Cardiovascular Investigation Unit?
  2. What is the difference between an electrocardiogram (ECG) and an Echocardiogram (Echo)?
  3. How long is the test I am coming for?
  4. Are there any restrictions for the tests?
  5. Who performs the tests?
  6. How long will it take before my doctor gets the report?

How to get to Cardiovascular Investigation Unit?

The Cardiovascular Investigation Unit is located at St. Joseph's Hospital, 268 Grosvenor Street
Room B3-030 (Central Registration Desk)

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What is the difference between an electrocardiogram (ECG) and an Echocardiogram (Echo)?

An ECG records the electrical activity of the heart.  It looks at the heart rate & rhythm. An
echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart. It provides information about the function (pumping action), valves & blood flow within the heart.

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How long is the test I am coming for?

Electrocardiogram: 15 minutes
Echocardiogram: 45 - 60 minutes
Holter Monitor Hook Up: 15-20 minutes
Exercise Stress Test: 30 minutes

(all times are approximations)

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Are there any restrictions for the tests?

No, unless specified by your doctor eg. to not take a specific medication for an exercise stress test. Make sure you eat normally and wear comfortable clothes.

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Who performs the tests?

All tests are performed by registered technicians and technologists.

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How long will it take before my doctor gets the report?

For inpatients, within 24 hrs. For outpatient 3-7 working days. Urgent reports are sent as soon as possible.

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Last updated: Wed, 2012-10-03 15:55