Cardiology Services at
BMI The Alexandra Hospital
If you are concerned about your heart’s health our specialist Cardiologists will provide you with a quick diagnosis and treatment plan that is tailored to you.
At BMI The Alexandra Hospital we are able to diagnose and treat complex and minor heart conditions. These may include: angina, coronary artery disease, heart disease, valve disease and atrial fibrillation.
Cardiology Diagnostic Services:
An electrocardiogram or ECG measures the electrical activity of your heart. Analysis of the results can indicate any damage to the heart muscle. An ECG can be used to assess if you have had a heart attack or evidence of a previous heart attack. The test may also be used to detect:
- Coronary artery disease
- Previous heart attacks
Cardiac stress tests are a way to detect heart and circulatory problems such as irregular heartbeat, partially blocked arteries, or heart attack risk that might not be detected while a patient is at rest.
An ambulatory blood pressure recording will measure your blood pressure over a period of 24 hours whilst you are doing your normal activities or are asleep. This should give your doctor an accurate representation of your blood pressure from a day-to-day perspective.
You wear a small digital blood pressure monitor throughout the day that is attached to a belt around your waist and connected to a cuff on your upper arm. The monitor records your blood pressure at regular intervals.
This will not affect your daily routine or your sleep.
Echocardiogram or echo, is a painless test that uses sound waves to create pictures of the heart. The test provides information about the size and shape of the heart and how well the heart's chambers and valves are working.
The test also can identify areas of heart muscle that aren't contracting normally due to poor blood flow or injury from a previous heart attack. In addition, a type of echo called Doppler ultrasound shows how well blood flows through the chambers and valves of your heart.
It can detect possible blood clots inside the heart, fluid build-up in the pericardium (the sac around the heart), and problems with the aorta.
CT calcium storing
This detects and measures calcium build up on the walls of the arteries that supply the heart (coronary arteries). This test is used to check for heart disease in the early stages and to determine its severity.
Cardiac MRI Scan & Cardiac Stress Perfusion Scan
Cardiac MRI uses a magnet and radio waves to capture images inside the heart and is a helpful tool in diagnosing a wide range of heart conditions. These include heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), heart valve disorders and cardiac tumours.
Nuclear Medicine DPD Amyloid Scan
DPD scintigraphy has proved to be a remarkably sensitive tool for the diagnosis and exclusion of clinically significant ATTR cardiac amyloidosis. Cardiac amyloidosis is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in AL and ATTR amyloidosis. Heart failure is almost inevitable during the course of the disease, greatly limiting therapeutic options. Thus, early diagnosis and newly discovered treatment are essential.
Cardiology procedures offered at The Alexandra Hospital:
A transoesophageal echocardiography is an alternative method to perform an echocardiogram of the heart. The test gives clear and accurate image of the heart, which helps assess the heart’s structure and how it functions.
The CT scanner provides highly detailed images of blood vessels and of the heart. It is used for finding narrowing in the coronary arteries, significant heart disease and artery disease, or congenital abnormalities.
Coronary Angioplasty is also called Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and is a procedure to widen or unblock an artery using a small inflatable balloon and stent.
A PCI is used to treat the symptoms of coronary artery disease, which is narrowing of the coronary arteries (blood vessels that supply the heart muscle with oxygen).
Catheter ablation for common arrhythmias in adults or children uses radiofrequency energy delivered to cardiac tissues using a steerable ablation catheter passed through a vein in the leg under local anaesthetic and conscious sedation. Typical arrhythmias treated include all forms of supraventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter, and some forms of ventricular tachycardia.
Atrial fibrillation is a health condition that causes an abnormal and irregular heart rate. Typically the heart rate is abnormally fast, which can put sufferers at risk of various health conditions – including heart attack, blood clots and heart failure.
This condition can be effectively cured by pulmonary vein isolation ablation, and BMI Healthcare can offer a number of specialised technologies to address the problem in different types of patient.
A pacemaker is a device which comprises a battery powered generator connected to leads which are sited within the heart in order to prevent it beating abnormally.
An internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD ) is a special type of pacemaker which can pace the heart if needed but also shock the heart back into normal rhythm for a life-threatening arrhythmia. Because the device requires capacitors as well as a larger battery than a normal pacemaker, it has about 5 times the volume of a pacemaker and is therefore often placed under the muscle layer below the collar bone, rather than above the muscle layer.