Heart machine to benefit locals

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A new machine which examines the heart was used for the first time last Friday at Aboyne Hospital.

An echocardiography (ECHO) machine has been donated to the hospital from an endowment fund and will shorten travelling distances for patients.

Interim deputy area manager for the Marr Area, Morag Mitchell, said: “The patients from this area, until now, travelled to Kincardine Community Hospital, Stonehaven or into ARI to have an Echo scan. So we are now extending this service to patients in lower Marr. This is not a consultant led clinic and will be held monthly.”

The ECHO machine uses ultrasound techniques to scan the heart. This allows assessment of cardiac valve areas and function, any abnormal communications between the left and right side of the heart, any leaking of blood through the valves, and calculation of the cardiac output as well as the ejection fraction.

The Aboyne community clinic will be the fifth in the Grampian region after Peterhead, Turriff, Stonehaven and Inverurie.