Palpitations – the diagnostic pathway

Dr Richard Blakey

The Community Cardiology Service (TCCS) is a local NHS service for patients with suspected heart conditions in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford and surrounding areas. In this module Dr Richard Blakey describes the pathway for assessment, diagnosis and referral of patients presenting to TCCS with palpitations

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* 1. Please enter you contact information:

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* 2. Which of the following patients would be referred on directly from TCCS to secondary care?

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* 3. What percentage of patients presenting to TCCS with palpitations are advised at triage and discharged back to their GP?

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* 4. Which of the following statements is not true?

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* 5. What would be an appropriate diagnostic option for a patient presenting to TCCS with palpitations occurring a few times a week?

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* 6. True or false, a patient cannot be loaned an AliveCor device without seeing a cardiology specialist doctor in clinic?

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* 7. True or false, there is a strong association between sleep apnoea and atrial fibrillation?

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