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Cardiac Tests

It is important that you, your family and your carers understand what any test you have had, or may have in the future, is for.

This section will cover the common tests that can be performed to identify the precise nature of your heart problems.

Cardiac tests at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust include the following, with links to the Activate your Heart website for further explanation.


patient undergoing cardiac investigations by a cardio nurse

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) - a way of recording the rhythm and the electrical activity of the heart.
    What is an electrocardiogram?
  • Exercise Tolerance Test - performed on patients with chest pains or symptoms of angina.
    What is an exercise tolerance test?
  • Echocardiogram (ECHO) - a scan of the heart using ultrasound that produces an image on the screen. It can produce accurate pictures of the heart. These images are connected to the hospitals computer network. Images can be retrieved quickly from anywhere within the hospital.
    What is an echocardiogram?


More information:

For information about other cardiac tests please refer to the full list of explanations on the Activate Your Heart website.
A comprehensive list of Cardiac tests explained