ENT TESTS

 

Blood pressure

Why?

Impairment of oxygen-carrying blood to the central balance part of the brain by the vertebro-basilar artery can cause dizziness and lightheadedness. High blood pressure (hypertension) may be associated with hardening and narrowing of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) whilst drug treatment may cause excessive reduction of the blood pressure. When a person stands up reflex contraction of muscles in blood vessel walls of the legs prevents pooling of blood due to gravity. The automatic (autonomic) nervous system controls this reflex. Patients with an autonomic neuropathy may suddenly drop their blood pressure (hypotension) and suffer lightheadedness, a faint or a drop attack.

How?

Blood pressure is measured by the ENT practice nurse with a standard cuff applied to the upper arm. Postural hypotension is identified by measuring the blood pressure initially with the patient lying down. The patient is then asked to stand up quickly and the blood pressure reading recorded again.

Self-pay and insured patients are welcome

The Harley Street ENT Clinic has agreed contractual rates with most health insurance companies such as United Healthcare Global, Aviva, Allianz Worldwide Care, Bupa, CIGNA, Simplyhealth, Standard Life (PruHealth), Aetna International and WPA amongst others.

We also deal directly with the insurance companies saving you the trouble of paying first and then reclaiming.

Patients funding their own treatment will be provided with consultation fees and the potential cost of onward treatment at the time of booking their appointment.