At ACI, we believe firmly that your GP plays an essential role in the co-ordination of your care and thus New Patient appointments should ideally be made by, or accompanied by a letter from your GP or referring Doctor. Your GP will receive a written report after every consultation, and will usually be asked to jointly manage day-to-day concerns, including routine blood pressure monitoring, and supervision of cholesterol and other routine annual blood tests.



Outpatient tests or services we offer, or may recommend, include:


  • Resting and Stress (exercise) ECG

  • Echocardiogram (an Ultrasound scan of the heart)

  • Stress Echocardiogram

  • 24 hour ECG

  • 24 hour Blood Pressure Monitor

  • Pacemaker Interrogation and Programming


Inpatient procedures include:


  • Coronary angiography and stenting (mainly via the radial artery in the wrist)

  • Permanent pacemaker and Loop Recorder implant

  • Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) implant

  • Cardioversion (shock treatment for arrhythmia)

  • Trans-oesophageal echocardiography

Some of the outpatient tests are expensive, particularly the Echocardiogram, although this forms an essential part of every New Patient assessment. If you would like any further information on these procedures beforehand, or if you would like to discuss any aspect of our fees, please contact us ahead of your appointment. 


ACI charges Medical Aid Rates for both in and out-of-hospital consultations and procedures. That said, each Medical Aid reimburses at a different rate so it is difficult to know exactly what cost of your care will be. We will invoice your medical aid directly on your behalf, but if you only have a hospital plan or if you would rather pay for your consultation at the time, please let us know. 


Please also enquire about whether or not you qualify for PMB (Prescribed Minimum Benefit) as your appointment may be covered by your medical aid, even if you have a hospital plan!


For more information on PMB, please click here