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Cardioscope Test Information

The CardioScope is a modified version of the much researched Arteriograph. Both are non-invasive tests used for early diagnosis of arterial stiffness, to give an indication of possible arterial blockage and also central (core of the body) blood pressure measurements. Disease, damage or poor arterial function may be caused by arteriosclerosis or by the effects of stress, adrenalin and similar excitatory hormones. Arteriosclerosis is the laying down of atheroma which is an inflexible mix of calcium, cholesterol, specialised red blood cells and other clotting factors in the arterial wall.

The Arteriograph and Cardioscope II examine the flexibility (or stiffness) of your arteries and can predict early arterial disease. Identifying that arteries are stiffening (an age or disease related effect)  increases the chances of being able to identify those individuals with ‘silent’ or asymptomatic (no symptoms) arterial disease and allows early intervention.

The CardioScope II makes these measurements using pressure sensors along the length of a blood pressure cuff on the upper arm that measures the speed of blood flow. The computer also measures blood pressure in the core of the body (the Central BP in the main blood vessel leaving the heart called the aorta) which is more predictive of possible problems than the BP in the arm (the Brachial BP).

The results from Arteriography and the CardioScope closely correlate to tests such as the ‘gold standard’ Coronary   CT angiography and Calcium Score but have the advantages of being a non-invasive test and not dosing the patient with Computer Tomography (CT) x-ray radiation.

The Cardioscope test takes 20-30 minutes to perform. A cuff is placed on your arm similar to a blood pressure test. Several tests will be taken while you sit in a relaxed position, both feet on the floor, with no talking as this can affect the result. The blood pressure cuff inflates making a whirring noise. This is all expected. We may do this 2 – 4 times to get a stable measurement. The test is not uncomfortable other than these moments of tightness around the upper arm.

PREPARATION FOR THE CARDIOGRAPH TEST

You need to follow some simple preparatory steps before you come in so please:

  • Nothing to eat for 3hrs before
  • No Coffee/Tea for 6hrs before
  • No Cigarettes for 3hrs before
  • No Alcohol for 10hrs before
  • Take all and any medication as normal
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Please wear clothes that can be easily adjusted or removed to enable application of the pressure cuff to your arm.
  • Please can you come along with your height and weight (preferably in Kilos and centimetres – but of course we can convert from lbs, feet and inches)

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