Once your doctor refers you for cardiac monitoring with us, you can visit one of our clinics located throughout Victoria and southern NSW. Dorevitch Pathology works in partnership with leading consultant cardiologists who run timely, accurate and affordable cardiac lab diagnostics including, ECGs, Holter Monitor Services and 24 Hour blood pressure monitoring.
You won’t need to make an appointment for ECG monitoring, however you will need to make an appointment for both Holter Monitoring and Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM).
All test results will then be sent to your referring doctor within 24 hours, or earlier if urgent.
To find one of our designated cardiac care patient pathology collection centres offering ABPM, Holter Monitoring and ECGs, click here.
What is an ECG?
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to monitor your heart. Each beat of your heart is triggered by an electrical impulse generated from cells in the upper right chamber of your heart. An ECG tracks and records these electrical signals as they travel through your heart. The recording is called a trace. Your doctor can use the trace to look for patterns among these heartbeats and rhythms to diagnose various heart conditions.
An ECG is a non-invasive, painless test.
What is 24-hour holter monitoring?
This is a basic, non-invasive tool that’s used to evaluate and manage cardiac symptoms. The monitor continuously records the patient’s cardiac rhythm for 12 to 24 hours. The data is then sent to our lab where it’s analysed. A report is sent to the referring doctor within 24 to 48 hours after our lab receives the results.
What is 24-hour blood pressure monitoring (ABPM)
This type of monitoring will help your doctor assess whether you’ll need to be prescribed anti-hypertensive medication. The monitor takes blood pressure readings every 30 minutes during the day and once an hour after the patient activates the sleep mode. Data is then transmitted to our laboratory. Once received, the results are sent to your referring doctor. Please Note: If at any time you feel you are experiencing a heart attack, DO NOT wait to attend one of our collection centres - call 000 immediately.
ECGs and Holter Monitoring will attract a fee that is partially rebated by Medicare, unless you are a pensioner, health care card holder, are under 18 years of age or have a DVA card. In these instances, you will be bulk billed.
ABPM is not covered by Medicare, thus there is a cost for all patients. A concession rate will apply if you qualify under the above criteria.