our appointment requires you to come to The Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow to meet the team. New referrals are seen weekly, on a Wednesday afternoon, and you should expect your clinic visit to last at least 2 hours.
You will have an echocardiogram and chest x-ray before seeing the SPVU doctor. An echocardiogram is when ultrasound is used to display a picture of the heart at work. You will be asked to lie on your left side and a jelly like substance is placed onto your skin. The technician moves a device, a bit like a microphone, called a transducer over your chest at various angles. The echo looks at your heart and can estimate the blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries as well as the volume of blood being pumped from the heart with each beat.