Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An ECG is a quick, easy non-invasive test that records the electrical signals generated by the heart. It can provide important information about the heart rhythm, a previous heart attack, thickness of the heart muscle, inadequate oxygen delivery to the heart, or problems with the conduction of electrical signals through the heart.

An ECG may be performed as a routine screening test (for example, before surgery), or in people complaining of problems including: chest pain, palpitations, high blood pressure, or shortness of breath.

The ECG Procedure

The procedure takes approximately five minutes and is done in our consultation rooms by our Nurse Specialist Simone. Multiple small electrodes are placed on the chest and shoulders, and the results are transcribed onto paper by the ECG machine.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Unit (24 Hour ABP)

High blood pressure or hypertension usually has no symptoms, so accurate diagnosis by screening is very important.
Hypertension puts an increased load on the heart, brain, kidneys and other organs. If untreated, it can lead to organs failing, possibly causing heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure and stroke.

Blood pressure monitoring by using the 24 hour ABP is helpful to determine if a person does genuinely have a high blood pressure, or to see how well the blood pressure can be controlled by a treatment.

The 24 hour ABP takes about 40 blood pressure readings over 24 hours, and will display the maximum, minimum and average blood pressure at different times of the day. This can be very helpful in tailoring the best type of treatment, as well as the timing of blood pressure treatment.

24 Hour ABP Procedure

Ambulatory blood pressure monitors are small, battery-powered units that take blood pressure and heart rate measurements for 24 hours. The unit sits in a pouch strapped around the waist, and attaches via rubber tubing to an inflatable cuff, which is wrapped around the upper arm. The recorder inflates the cuff to measure the blood pressure then deflates the cuff again. The cuff can feel quite tight around the arm when inflated, but is not painful.

Our Nurse Specialist Simone will explain the details of this procedure and fit the monitor, which takes approximately 20 minutes. No special preparations are necessary for the test, but it is sensible to wear a loose fitting top or jacket if possible. You will be asked to fill in a diary, so that the blood pressure changes can be correlated with your activities during the 24 hour period. The next day the monitor is removed. This takes only a few minutes. It is not possible to shower or bathe while wearing the unit.

The Specialist Doctor will prepare a report analysing your range of blood pressures throughout this period. A letter summarising the findings and a recommendation about follow-up treatment is included.

Spirometry

Spirometry is the most common of the pulmonary function tests. It measures lung function, specifically the amount and/or speed of air that can be inhaled and exhaled. Spirometry is helpful in assessing breathing patterns that identify conditions such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and COPD

What happens?
Having a spirometry test is straightforward. It does not hurt and it is not uncomfortable. The test involves taking a full breath in and blowing out with your best effort into a tube attached to the spirometer machine. Our Specialist Nurses will talk you through this.
Various measurements are recorded and they will indicate how your lungs are working.
The test usually takes 10 to 20 minutes.
It is sometimes carried out before and after inhaling a reliever drug such as Ventolin or Bricanyl to measure the effect of these drugs. In this case, your doctor may ask you not to take your usual reliever medication for a few hours prior to the test.

Infusions

Iron Infusion

Intravenous iron infusion treatment produces a quicker improvement of symptoms in the first weeks of treatment than oral iron supplementation which may cause intolerable adverse effects, such as gastrointestinal symptoms.

An Internal medicine specialists or specialist nurses are always with you. You can be comforted by their experience in giving iron infusions. You are in a safe environment supported by highly trained staff.

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Monoclonal Infusions

Important recent advances in biomedical science have been associated with the development and clinical application of biological agents based on monoclonal antibodies (mAb). These have been used as important tools in clinical practice and biotechnology in diagnosing and treating infectious, inflammatory, immunological and neoplastic diseases

At PSC our Nurse Specialists are highly trained professionals, who are responsible for drug administration, and are aware of the most important characteristics of this type of therapeutic tools.
PSC is a highly specialised facility where monoclonal antibodies are administered and have the required emergency resuscitation equipment and medication, and rigorously trained staff readily available.

Bisphosphonates

Bisphosphonates are a class of drugs that prevent the loss of bone density, used to treat osteoporosis, and prevention of corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis and similar diseases.
Osteoporosis is characterised by low bone mineral density (BMD) and disrupted bone architecture, which increases in prevalence as we get older.
Osteoporosis can lead to an increase risk of fracture, most notably in the spine, forearm and hip. Older people are more prone to falling, and osteoporosis drastically increases the probability that a fall will result in fracture.

Bisphosphonates are the most commonly prescribed drugs used to treat osteoporosis
This treatment can be taken orally or given by an infusion over a short period of time.

Nutritional Consultation

Nutrition consultation refers to appointments with either a nutritionist or dietitian for the purpose of improving a person’s quality of life and overall health and well-being.

Nutrition is a recognized branch of science that deals with food and the nutrients that can be obtained from them. Cells survive not only because of the oxygen but also due to various minerals, vitamins, and enzymes from the food that a person consumes. However, food can also be a source of many metabolic problems as they can contain additives, preservatives, and other ingredients that may be toxic or plain unhealthy for the cells.

The main purpose of nutrition consultation is to make sure that you can harness all the good nutrients to keep your body healthy. People with chronic or serious diseases can also take advantage of it as a complementary therapy.