Sean Thuis has worked as a Cardiac Physiologist since 2003 having trained at the South West Cardiothoracic Centre in Plymouth and graduating with honours in Clinical Physiology from the University of Middlesex. He developed his skills in all areas of technical Cardiology including Pacing and Intervention, but went on to specialise in Cardiac Ultrasound (Echocardiography). He is currently the Principal Cardiac Physiologist at Kettering General Hospital where he manages the Cardiac Investigations Department. He succeeded in attaining Departmental Accreditation from the British Society of Echocardiography and is a visiting academic at Leicester de Montford University where he has taught Cardiac Physiology. He has a special interest in Transosophageal, Stress and 4D Echo, as well arrhythmia and chest pain diagnostics.
The Woodland Hospital offers private Cardiac Diagnostics to both insured and self paying patients.
Cardiac Ultrasound (ECHO) is used to evaluate the structure and function of the heart chambers and valves and is one of the first tests which may be carried out when someone has shortness or breath or palpitations or has had a suspected heart attack. It takes around 30 minutes and requires the patient to lie on their left side whilst a probe is moved across the chest. This probe bounces sound waves off the inside of the chest and generates pictures of the heart. We are happy to accept self referrals for this test although it may be that we recommend discussing the results with your GP or alternatively making an appointment with one of our Cadiologists.
We can also provide Exercise Tolerance Testing (treadmill) for patients who's symptoms occur during exertion, usually for chest pain and shortness of breath. Typically, patients walk on an increasing incline for 8-10 minutes whilst ECG and blood pressure readings are taken. Symptoms are recorded at the same time and this can help to diagnose narrowing of the coronary arteries that supply the heart as well as abnormal heart rhythms. This test needs to be requested by a Hospital Consultant.
For self paying patients, the initial consultation fee ranges from £110 to £175 and the cost of the ECHO is £300 and the treadmill is £225. For more information, please call 01536 210 019.