Cardiac blood tests
Cardiac blood tests are performed to check if there is anything in your blood that might indicate a heart attack or other cardiac illness. They also measure the level of substances in your blood, such as blood fats and minerals, to work out your future risk of heart disease.
Blood tests taken after a heart attack show how much of your heart muscle has been damaged. During a heart attack, substances, such as troponin protein, are released into your blood. Blood tests can measure the levels of these substances. This shows if, and how much of, your heart has been damaged.
Blood tests measure blood fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides, vitamins and minerals.
A blood test can also show how the organs in your body, such as your kidneys, liver or hormone-producing glands are functioning.
Your blood test results are used to help guide treatment and diagnosis.
What are cardiac blood tests
Cardiac blood tests involve taking a blood sample from a vein in your arm that is sent for testing in a laboratory. There are numerous blood tests and each is used to check the specific level of the tested for substance.
Your GP or practise nurse may do your blood test, or you may have it done at a hospital, local health clinic or pathology service.
What blood tests indicate heart problems?
Blood tests that indicate heart problems include:
- Troponin is the most common test after a heart attack. An increased level of troponin protein in your blood has been linked with the amount of heart damage following a heart attack and a higher risk of heart disease in people who have no symptoms.
What are the different types of blood test?
There are many different types of blood test to examine the condition of your heart.
Can blood tests detect blocked arteries?
Blood tests are used to find out your risk of heart and blood vessel disease.
Elevated levels of substances in your blood, including fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides, proteins and glucose can increase your risk for blocked arteries, known as atherosclerosis. Liver blood tests can also indicate the narrowing of arteries.
If blood tests suggest a high risk of blocked or narrowed arteries, then your doctor will request further cardiology tests to confirm this.
What is the cost of a cardiac blood test
The cost of a cardiac blood test will depend on the exact blood test or tests requested by your cardiologist and your Ramsay hospital of choice.
You will receive a formal quotation price for your cardiac blood test following your consultation with one of our expert cardiologists. This formal quote for your cardiac blood test will be valid for 60 days.
Ramsay is recognised by all major medical insurers. Cardiac blood tests are covered by most medical insurance policies as long as they are deemed medically necessary by your doctor. We advise you to obtain written authorisation from your insurance provider before your cardiac blood test.
We have a number of finance options if you are paying for your cardiac blood test yourself. We offer interest-free finance so you pay 0% interest, no deposit and benefit from affordable monthly instalments.
Cardiac blood tests at Ramsay Health Care UK
Ramsay Health Care UK offer a full spectrum of cardiac blood tests. Your cardiologist can reliably request a cardiac blood test for you at a Ramsay Hospital.
You will benefit from a convenient appointment without waiting. We have free parking for easy access to your appointments.
When you visit one of our hospitals for your cardiac blood test you can rest assured that we follow strict infection control protocols for you your safety.