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Cardiology Services

Private Cardiology Services at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire.

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital is one of the only private hospitals in Ayrshire where you can get swift access to a Consultant Cardiologist for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of problems of the heart.

The onset of symptoms such as dizziness, heart palpitations and chest pains can be alarming. Seeing an experienced cardiologist fast means you can quickly get access to diagnostic tests to find out the cause and begin treatment sooner.

The hospital is conveniently placed for patients in Ayrshire and beyond. It’s equipped to carry out various tests such as an electrocardiogram (ECG). Your consultant can also refer you to our allied hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow, should you require surgery.

Your consultant will care for you every step of the way, supported by expert nurses, radiologists and administrative staff dedicated to getting you back on your feet as fast as possible.

Cardiology is a medical specialism dealing with all diseases that can affect the heart, including coronary heart disease, which is furring of the arteries, electrical problems where the heart rhythm becomes fast or slow (arrhythmias) and heart failure where the main pumping function becomes weak.

A cardiologist will see you if your symptoms include chest pain, dizziness, blackouts, palpitations, high blood pressure, breathlessness, and swollen ankles.

They investigate symptoms and work out what’s causing them by doing various tests, such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, computerised tomography (CT) scans and x-rays, to get a diagnosis.

Our Consultant Cardiologists work across BMI Carrick Glen Hospital and BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. Should you require advanced diagnostics or surgery, these would be done at Ross Hall Hospital.

Treatments offered include:

  • Stent insertion (to widen arteries)
  • Pacemaker insertion (to treat abnormal heart rhythms)
  • Defibrillator insertion (to prevent or correct an arrhythmia)

Our cardiologists can refer you to cardiac surgeons at Ross Hall Hospital if there is a need for complex surgery, such as heart bypass surgery or valve replacement surgery.

Our Consultant Cardiologists see patients who have been referred by a GP or consultant and are also happy to see those who self-refer.

We work with all the major private medical insurance providers, or you can self-pay for consultations, diagnostics, and treatment.

When you arrive at the hospital, you’ll be welcomed by our friendly reception team and directed to the waiting area where your Consultant Cardiologist will come and get you. They will introduce themselves and take you into their private consulting room.

Your cardiologist will go through your medical history during your consultation and ask you detailed questions about your symptoms. They will then carry out a physical examination that may include cardiovascular tests, listening to your heart and taking your blood pressure.

Your cardiologist will then give you an opinion of what they think is happening, a possible diagnosis, and a management plan.

Should you require diagnostic tests, some can be done at the initial consultation, such as an ECG but more complex investigations are booked for a later date.

For an ECG, your consultant will put sticky pads (electrodes) on your chest, arms, and legs. They then connect the electrical pads to a machine that measures electrical activity, and the results give them a picture of your heart’s rate and rhythm.

Other diagnostic tests regularly carried out at Carrick Glen Hospital include tape/Holter monitors. The tape is worn around the chest for some time, usually 24 or 48 hours. However, some can be worn for up to two weeks. The tape helps to investigate common symptoms such as palpitations, dizzy turns, or blackouts.

Diagnostic tests that your consultant may carry out at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow include:

Echocardiography – also known as cardiac ultrasound scanning. Gel is put on your chest, and a probe detects ultrasound coming off an object, giving your consultant a moving image of your heart on a screen.

Exercise with an ECG – referred to as an exercise tolerance test. You step onto a treadmill and exercise so the consultant can see what happens to your heart when it’s under stress (angina). They do the test to look for restricted or reduced blood flow (cardiac ischemia) where there’s not enough blood supply to the heart muscle – usually a sign of coronary heart disease.

Coronary angiography – the consultant inserts a catheter into your blood vessel, usually at the wrist (radial artery), passes it up your arm to your heart and inserts a coloured dye (contrast agent). They’ll use x-rays to take pictures of your arteries. It sometimes leads to needing a stent inserted to improve blood flow or a balloon to open up narrowed arteries.

Computerised tomography (CT) imaging angiography – your consultant may book you in to see a radiologist who can do a CT scan of your heart. It provides your consultant with detailed images of your heart and blood vessels.

Transoesophageal echocardiogram – an echocardiogram/ultrasound done by asking you to swallow a tube, which goes into your oesophagus and stomach and takes pictures of your heart from inside as well as looking at your valve function.

Once you have had the appropriate diagnostic tests, you will return to see your consultant at Carrick Glen Hospital. Your consultant will then provide you with the confirmed diagnosis and explain this to you in detail. You will also have ample opportunity to ask any questions.

Should your consultant recommend treatment for your condition, they will explain your options in detail. Then, they will make their recommendation and give you time to think about how and if you would like to proceed. 

Cardiology treatments are to do with intervention – transcutaneous coronary intervention (TCI) – rather than surgery. It includes putting in stents and balloons into your coronary arteries or implanting a pacemaker or defibrillator.

Your consultant may implant a pacemaker device to solve arrhythmic problems with the heart, such as slow heartbeats. For fast heartbeats, your plan may include an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICED).

Some patients with a heart rhythm disorder (atrial fibrillation) can benefit from ablation treatment (cardiac electrophysiology), which some of our cardiologists specialise in.

Should the above treatments not work, or if your consultant identifies that surgery is required, they will refer you to a cardiac surgeon at Ross Hall Hospital.

You can avoid waiting lists and see a Consultant Cardiologist quickly at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire. We offer personalised care and timely treatments with very high standards.

Your Consultant Cardiologist will spend time with you to determine what’s causing your symptoms, offer appropriate diagnostic tests and give you recommendations on treatment. You are never rushed, and they will always answer your questions and concerns with honesty.

Specialists offering Cardiology Services

Dr Aadil Shaukat

Consultant Cardiologist

MBBS MRCP (UK) FRCP (Glasg)

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Dr Robin Northcote

Consultant Cardiologist

MBChB MD FRCP (Glas&Lond) FFSEM

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 2 more BMI Kings Park Hospital BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Dr James McGowan

Consultant Cardiologist

MBChB, MRCP(UK), MD

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital

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