(To use our services please seek a referral from your GP, or contact us directly so we can assist you)

Our fabulous staff will ensure seamless access to our services. Working with your specialist, most of the tests are done on site within Ascot Hospital, using the latest in technology and skill. Let us know how we can help you and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

Ascot Angiography is an Affiliated Provider of services to Southern Cross Insurance, therefore we can arrange your cover directly with Southern Cross, once your cardiologist has determined the tests you require.

If you have health insurance with an alternative provider, we can also advise you on how to organise your prior approval.

Procedures

Coronary Angiogram
Coronary Angioplasty
Pacemaker

Diagnostic Procedures and Additional Tests

Please visit the Ascot Cardiology Group


Your specialist may book you in for one of the following procedures after your consultation:

Coronary Angiogram

This procedure takes place within a hospital environment and is available at Ascot Angiography, within Ascot Hospital on level three.

An angiogram is generally performed as a day case, however depending on the outcome of the investigation, you may be required to stay in overnight. Dye is injected through a long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter into the bloodstream. Special x-rays are taken while the dye is flowing through the coronary arteries. The outcome of this test will determine your treatment. You may require Coronary Angioplasty, which involves insertion of a stent into an artery.

A coronary angiogram can take up to 30 minutes and you are not permitted to have any food or fluids for 4 hours prior to your test. If you are a diabetic and take insulin or tablets, you should take your medications as you normally do, or as advised by your specialist. For patients taking either Warfarin, Dabigatran or Rivaroxaban / Xarelto, your specialist may advise you to discontinue this medication on a specific date prior to your procedure. You are not permitted to drive for 24 hours following an Angiogram or an Angioplasty.
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Coronary Angioplasty

Read more about this procedure on the Angioplasty page.

This procedure takes place within a hospital environment and is available at Ascot Angiography, within Ascot Hospital on level three.

Your specialist will advise you during your consultation if you are going to require an angiogram and potentially an angioplasty, based on the findings of your angiogram. Coronary Angioplasty is performed to open blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. Angioplasty can restore blood flow to the heart using specialised equipment including coronary stents and balloons. This procedure can take up to 90 minutes following an angiogram and is generally performed as a day case. You will be required to stay in hospital a minimum of 8 hours and potentially overnight. If you are a diabetic and take insulin or tablets, you should take your medications as you normally do, or as advised by your specialist.

For patients taking Warfarin, Dabigatran (Pradaxa) or Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) your specialist may advise you to discontinue this medication on a specific date prior to your procedure. You are not permitted to drive for 24 hours following an Angiogram or an Angioplasty.
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Pacemaker

Is a device that is implanted just under the skin in the upper chest.  It uses tiny electrical impulses to regulate the heart rhythm.  Although there are different types of pacemakers, they are all designed to treat a heart rate that is too slow.

 A very small incision is made under local anesthetic for the device to be implanted.  Your consultant will recommend either a single or dual chamber device.  The procedure takes up to 2 hours and an overnight stay at Ascot Hospital is required.  No food is allowed from 4 hours prior to your procedure as you may be given a light sedation.  We do not recommend driving within 24 hours of the procedure.

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