Cardiac Investigations and Diagnostics

    • Comprehensive range of cardiac investigations and tests
    • Expert cardiologists available to discuss any symptoms or concerns
    • ECG's & stress tests for medical insurance and pre-employment checks
    • Get in touch to book an immediate consultation to discuss your options
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Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death the UK and Ireland. Disease prevention strategies give you control of your cardiac health.

If you are over 40 and concerned about your diet, lifestyle, stress levels or family history, Kingsbridge Private Hospital can offer you the opportunity to have your heart disease risk assessed.

We know that heart conditions can be worrying for you and your family so we provide access to a full range of services specifically for cardiac conditions at our Belfast clinic. 

Our expert cardiologists are available to discuss any symptoms or concerns you are having about the health of your heart. If required, we provide a comprehensive range of cardiac investigations and tests that will help diagnose any cardiac problems and help you find effective treatment.

Cardiac Investigations available include: 

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Echo Testing
  • Cardiac CT scanning
  • Treadmill or Exercise Stress testing

ECG (Electrocardiogram)

At Kingsbridge Private Hospital we can easily arrange for you to have an electrocardiograph (ECG) at our Belfast clinic for medical insurance, pre-employment checks or for peace of mind. 

An ECG involves attaching monitoring electrodes or pads to your chest to produce a record of the electrical activity of your heart. This provides information about the rate, rhythm, and electrical conduction of the heart. It also provides some information about the health and contractility of the heart muscle.

An ECG at our clinic in Belfast will provide benefits including:

  • General health assessment
  • As part of a cardiac assessment
  • Pre-employment health check
  • Medical insurance


Echocardiography is an ultrasound examination available in Northern Ireland performed by our team of Clinical Physiologists providing accurate images of the heart muscle, chambers and the heart valves to aid the diagnosis of heart disease.

Echocardiography can provide a wealth of clinical information, including the size and structure of the valves, chambers of the heart, pumping capacity and allows visualisation of any abnormalities. By assessing the motion of the heart wall an echocardiography examination can help assess previous damage due to coronary artery disease.

The biggest advantage of echocardiography is that it uses non-invasive ultrasound and has no known side effects. It can also be used pre and post-surgery and alongside specific chemotherapy treatments.

Structures visualised with echocardiography include:

  • Valves and their function
  • Chambers of the heart
  • Wall thickness and motion
  • Pericardium
  • Intra-cardiac masses
  • Ascending and descending aorta

What is involved during an echocardiogram exam?

Three electrodes (small, flat, sticky patches) and an ultrasound transducer/probe will be placed on and moved over your chest. You should feel no discomfort during the examination.

The examination will take approximately 30-40 minutes and results will be reviewed by one of our expert cardiologists at our clinic in Belfast.

Treadmill & Exercise Stress Testing 

Treadmill or Exercise Stress testing is a diagnostic tool used to assess the presence of coronary artery disease or ECG and blood pressure response to exercise, and is offered as part of 3fivetwo cardiac services.

The results can demonstrate if blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply your heart.

It involves walking on a treadmill at increasing levels of difficulty. During the test the heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, electrocardiogram (ECG) tracing, and how tired you feel are monitored throughout and after the examination.

An exercise stress test may be requested to:

  • Diagnose coronary artery disease
  • Diagnose a possible heart-related cause of symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath or light-headedness
  • Determine a safe level of exercise
  • Check the heart's overall function as part of an anaesthetic assessment for surgery
  • Depending on the results of the exercise stress test, your cardiologist may recommend more tests such as a nuclear stress test, cardiac catheterization or CT cardiac angiography.

How is the test performed?

You will be asked to wear comfortable clothes, walking shoes or trainers and you will have small electrodes placed on your chest to monitor the heart. 

You will be required to walk slowly whilst the speed is increased and the treadmill is tilted to produce the effect of going up a small hill. You may also be asked to breathe into a tube for a few minutes. The test can be stopped at any time if you feel tired, in pain or distressed.

The complete examination will take approximately 40 minutes. Medical professionals will be present throughout the test. We provide on-site showering facilities, should you require them after the examination.

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.

Alternatively, email Kingsbridge Private Hospital

Treatment Locations

Kingsbridge Private Hospital

811-815 Lisburn Road,

Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo

Ray MacSharry Road,
Gardenhill, Sligo, Co. Sligo

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Dr Monica Monaghan

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Paul Horan

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Ian Menown

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Anthony McClelland

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

Dr Conleth Murphy

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Mark Spence

Consultant Cardiologist

Professor Frank Casey

Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist

Dr Donal Murray

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Patrick Donnelly


Mr Brian McClements


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"I was in your facility yesterday for a day procedure (operation on my left arm). I wanted to write and express how impressed I was with the facilities and more importantly the staff on the Ward.

Everyone was excellent, and I mean excellent, i don't normally write congratulatory e-mails so this is high praise in my view. The Senior nurse was excellent, as was the Theatre nurse and the anaesthetist. Even the assistants that helped with catering and other duties. All came together to form a great impression of the establishment." Jason Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kingsbridge Patient
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Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient

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