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What is cardiology?

Our cardiology team provides comprehensive treatment if you are living with heart problems. This includes coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, various arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease.

Cardiology treatments, services and procedures

If you have a heart disease, our team of cardiac rehabilitation specialists can help you return to your optimum fitness and mobility, and will support you and your family in dealing with the physical and psychological effects of your condition.

Phase I: Following an initial assessment, you and your family will receive advice about cardiovascular risk factors, lifestyle modifications and safe exercises.

Phase II: You will undergo a program of supervised, exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation, as well as receiving ongoing education and counseling. 

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With expertise in treating a wide range of cardiac problems, especially acute coronary syndromes, heart failure and arrhythmia, our inpatient clinicians will ensure that you receive first-class care in a comfortable environment. This will include access to cardiac catheterization, echocardiography and advanced imaging, within our state-of-the-art Coronary Care Unit and Progressive Care Unit.

Our cardiology teams will welcome you to our daily outpatient clinics if you are newly diagnosed with a heart problem; and provide follow-up care if you are dealing with ongoing cardiac conditions. We have specialized clinics for: heart failure (dedicated nurse, physician and pharmacist); management of pacemakers, defibrillators and implantable cardiac devices; and anticoagulation therapy.

If your arteries are narrowed by the build-up of cholesterol deposits, it can lead to inadequate blood flow, and potentially serious problems such as angina and heart attacks. Using our state-of-the-art angiography equipment, we can closely observe coronary vessels to determine the severity of a blockage. This involves passing a small tube from arm or groin and injecting dye. In cases where coronary intervention is needed, we will open blocked vessels using a balloon, before inserting a medicated metal tube/ stent to prevent vessel reocclusion.

Our cardiac electrophysiology experts can help you with various heart rhythm problems, including arrhythmia in the upper and lower chamber of the heart. Our team arranges procedures such as studying heart rhythms, invasive testing, use of electrodes, assessing your risk of cardiac arrest, helping to map and localize arrhythmia, and determining your need for rehabilitation/ medicine/ device implant/ therapies. If you have had a cardiac device implantation, such as a pacemaker, an ICD or a loop recorder, we have a cardiac device clinic available to ensure optimal use of your implanted cardiac device.

Our experts may invite you to visit our non-invasive laboratory, so that we can best evaluate your heart and valve function. Tests may include treadmill exercise; myocardial perfusion imaging to exclude coronary artery disease; the assessment of abnormal heart rhythm using a Holter monitor or loop recorder; or 24-hour blood-pressure monitoring.

What to expect

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease or acute coronary syndrome, we can provide 24-hour inpatient and outpatient treatment. This includes emergency care, cardiac surgery, cardiac rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation. Our arrhythmia service includes atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and implantation of various cardiac devices. 

Before treatment

When arranging an appointment, you will see one of our experienced cardiology consultants, and our care team will look after you every step of the way – from advice at your first consultation, through to ongoing support after your treatment. You will usually be invited to one of our Cardiology Clinics two to four weeks after your referral from Primary Care. Following your care, and depending on your specific treatment, you will have follow-up appointments. 

During treatment

When you arrive at the Cardiology Clinic, you will be checked in. Within five minutes of your arrival, our cardiology nurse will carry out an initial clinical screening. Wait times are around 15-20 minutes, and your appointment will usually last 20-30 minutes.

Depending on your condition, you may need to take part in further imaging procedures and/or laboratory tests. All of these procedures and any follow-up appointments can be arranged by our cardiology team. 

Post-treatment

Following your care, and depending on your specific treatment, you will have follow-up appointments. We use a group practice cardiology care system, so please note that your follow-up appointment can be with any cardiologist available on your preferred date.

If you have further diagnostic, intervention procedures and/or rehabilitation, our nursing team will explain to you any preparation needs, and answer any questions about your next steps within cardiology services. 

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