Cardio respiratory

The cardio respiratory service is staffed by a team of highly skilled specialists in all aspects of cardiac and respiratory investigation and diagnosis working alongside the cardiology service.
We offer a range of tests to investigate and diagnose heart and lung disease, as well as sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea. A common example of a cardio respiratory test is an electrocardiogram (ECG), where sensors are attached to your skin read electrical signals produced by your heartbeat. These are recorded and looked at by a heart specialist or any doctor (such as your GP) to see if they are unusual.
A full list of tests offered is below and more information about these is available from the British Heart Foundation or the NHS Choices website:
  • electrocardiograms (ECGs)
  • echocardiograms and transoesophageal echos (TOEs)
  • exercise (stress) tests
  • holter monitoring (24, 48 72 and seven day ECG tape recordings)
  • 24 hour blood pressure monitors
  • event (patient activated) recorders
  • pacemaker and implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) follow up clinics
  • follow up of implantable (Reveal) ECG recording devices
  • tilt table studies pacemaker, ICD and biventricular pacemaker Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) implantation
  • coronary angiography
  • coronary angioplasty (PCI)
  • right and left heart catheterisation
  • spirometry (a test that can help diagnose various lung conditions)
  • full lung function tests
  • reversibility
  • transfer factor
  • hypoxic challenge (fit to fly) testing
  • six minute walk tests
  • overnight oximetry (to test for sleep disorders)


GPs can refer patients directly to us for the tests below:
  • spirometry (a test that can help diagnose various lung conditions)
  • electrocardiograms (ECGs)
  • echocardiograms
  • rapid access chest pain clinic referrals

Find us

Cardio Respiratory Services
Level 3
Green Zone
Enquiries: 01634 825233
Appointments: 01634 830000 extension 3391
Community cardiology: 01634 382844