At BMI Ross Hall Hospital we offer a dedicated and fast access cardiology service that deals with the investigation, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. You can be rest assured you will be treated with a high level of care, as our specialist teams treat cases from routine to the highest levels of complexity.
We provide a range of non-invasive diagnostic tests, carried out by our Consultant Cardiologists and Cardiac Physiologists and have a well-equipped digital cardiac cath lab dedicated to obtaining information on the anatomy and physiology of the heart and its associated blood vessels.
We offer medical devices including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) and loop recorders should they be necessary.
TESTS THAT CAN BE CARRIED OUT ON EITHER AN INPATIENT OR OUTPATIENT BASIS
- 12 lead resting electrocardiogram (ECG)
- 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
- 24-hour ambulatory ECG monitoring
- Cardiac ultrasound
- Exercise tolerance testing
- 7-day event monitoring
- Coronary angiogram
- Coronary angioplasty / stenting
- Cryoballoon ablation (for the treatment of AF)
- Implantation of cardiac resynchronisation therapy devices
- Implantation of loop recorders
- Implantation of pacemakers
Cyroballoon ablation is a very effective and successful procedure for patients suffering from the symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AF).
What is Cryoballoon Ablation?
Atrial Fibrillation is often treated with drug therapy, but for many patients drugs alone are not sufficient to ease the symptoms. Cryoballoon ablation is a treatment that delivers a cold gas through an inflatable balloon to freeze heart muscle and disable irritable electrical signals that contribute to the AF.
How does it work?
1. Local anaesthetic will be applied to the site where the Cryoballoon catheter will be inserted at the top of the leg.
2. The catheter enters the left atrium (top chamber of the heart where the pulmonary veins are)
3. The balloon is then inflated and moved to the opening of the pulmonary veins.
4. Contrast dye is injected to ensure a good seal and then the balloon is cooled to -80 degrees Celsius.
5. The balloon is inflated and cooled for 3 to 4 minutes per vein. This results in modification of the heart tissue which will no longer spread the electrical signals that cause the atrial fibrillation.
The procedure is carried out at BMI Ross Hall Hospital by Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Gary Wright.
Cryoballoon Ablation is covered by insurance or on a self-pay basis. Please check your cover details with your insurer directly.
To find out more or to book a consultation please call 0141 810 3151 or make an online enquiry here.