Who should undergo cardiac screening?

Written by: Dr John Baksi
Published: | Updated: 13/04/2023
Edited by: Conor Lynch

Cardiac screening can be very beneficial for a host of different reasons, as it can rule out heart problems and reassure patients, or can detect unnoticed heart damage that may require treatment. In this article, Dr John Baksi, a highly reputable consultant cardiologist, explains what the main aim of cardiac screening is, and describes to us how cardiac screening is generally performed.

What is the aim of cardiac screening?

Cardiac screening offers the opportunity to pick up heart disease or identify risk factors for the development of heart disease before they lead to symptoms that may cause the patient to present. Importantly, this offers an opportunity to treat the conditions at the earliest opportunity or to modify risk factors that can reduce the likelihood of developing heart disease at a future point.


How is cardiac screening performed? Which tests are used?

Importantly, cardiac screening should involve a discussion with a qualified consultant cardiologist who will take note of the patient’s medical history and their family’s medical history.


Often, we will do some routine blood tests. Quite often, we will do an ECG that can show some heart abnormalities. More specifically then, we sometimes perform a cardiac MRI to look for any scar of the heart that would indicate a disease of the heart. CT coronary angiograms, as well as genetic testing may all also be required.


Which diseases of the heart can cardiac screening detect?

It can help patients understand some of their risk factors for developing heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. We look at things like your blood sugar, your cholesterol, your blood pressure, your exercise, and your general lifestyle. Cardiac screening can, for some, also be an assessment of previous unnoticed damage to the heart.


Who should undergo cardiac screening?

Cardiac screening is appropriate for anyone who is worried that they may have heart disease or any risk factors for heart disease. People with a strong family history of heart disease should seek to undergo cardiac screening at their earliest possible convenience.


Dr John Baksi is a leading London-based consultant cardiologist. Book a consultation with him today via his Top Doctors profile if you would like to undergo cardiac screening for heart disease.

By Dr John Baksi

Dr John Baksi is a highly respected consultant cardiologist based in London. He specialises in cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), cardiac MRI, heart failure and cardiac screening. Additionally, he is expert in high blood pressure and genetic testing.

Dr John Baksi was awarded a bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degree in 2000 from Imperial College London, having previously achieved a first-class honours degree in neuroscience in 1998. Following this, he undertook specialist training in London and attained membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2004 and was elected a Fellow in 2020. He additionally completed a PhD in 2011 in cardiovascular physiology at the International Centre for Circulatory Health. Following this, Dr Baksi was awarded several specialist fellowships in cardiology and advanced imaging, including in cardiovascular magnetic resonance within the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He was appointed consultant cardiologist within the trust in 2013, where he now sees both NHS and private patients, combining his expertise in cardiac MRI across a breadth of conditions with the assessment of patients with heart muscle disease or screening of their family members.

Dr Baksi is renowned for his extensive contributions to research in the cardiology field. He is widely published in peer reviewed scientific journals and has also written several book chapters on his areas of expertise. Additional to contributing his own publications, he holds the position of section editor for cardiac imaging for the European Cardiology Review and also served as associate editor and editorial board member at the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance for several years.

Dr Baksi is also a prominent figure in education, having served as a lecturer at Hammersmith Medicine as well as a tutor for the Royal College of Physicians PACES examination for a number of years. He is currently the local training programme director and Royal College of Physician Clinical Tutor for medical specialties at the Royal Brompton Hospital. Additionally, he is an honorary clinical senior lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London.

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