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Cardiology

Cardiology deals with the investigation, diagnosis and medical (non-surgical) treatment of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. 

The British Heart Foundation reveals more than 160,000 people die every year from heart and circulatory diseases in the UK. An estimated 43,000 of those people are under the age of 75. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common heart and circulatory disease. The NHS states coronary heart disease can lead to heart attacks and heart failure. Heart conditions such as heart failure can double or triple your risk of having a stroke.

Stroke occurs when the blood supply to your brain is cut off, while a heart attack happens when the blood supply to your heart is blocked. We are proud to facilitate specialist cardiologists who can help assess your symptoms and maintain your heart health. Our cardiology Consultants use different diagnostic tests and treatments to maintain your heart health.

There are many different conditions that can affect your heart’s ability to pump blood around your body. Heart problems you might require treatment for include:

  • Coronary heart disease (CHD): CHD occurs when your coronary arteries (your heart’s blood vessels) become narrow and blocked. This can block blood flow to your heart and cause angina (chest pains) or a heart attack. CHD may be treated through a coronary artery bypass.
  • Atrial fibrillation: Atrial fibrillation is a form of arrythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). Ablation can be used to treat atrial fibrillation.
  • Arrythmias: Arrythmias can lead to an abnormally fast or slow heart rate. If you have an arrythmia, you could benefit from a pacemaker.
  • Heart failure: Heart failure is when your heart does not efficiently pump blood around your body. You may be fitted with a pacemaker if your heart beats too slowly.

Treatment for heart problems at our hospitals will be carried out by our multidisciplinary team, comprising of dedicated Consultants, cardiologists and radiologists.

Our team will work with you to diagnose your heart problem and provide effective treatment to maintain your heart health.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)

Angioplasty, also referred to as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), uses a small inflatable balloon to widen or unblock an artery. It can improve blood flow to your heart and reduce angina (chest pains). Your surgeon will also insert a stent (a metal mesh shaped like a tube) to ensure your artery remains open.

A coronary artery bypass

During this surgery, an incision will be made at the front of your chest. A blood vessel will be removed from a vein or artery in another part of your body. Your surgeon will attach this blood vessel to your coronary artery below or above the blockage. This improves your heart’s blood supply by diverting blood flow from clogged or narrowed arteries.

Pulmonary vein isolation ablation

Ablation involves passing small tubes into your leg’s vein. Catheters (fine wires) are then passed through these tubes. Your cardiologist will use specialist equipment to produce a 3D map of your heart. Radiofrequency energy (heat) or cryotherapy (freezing) is used to create scar tissue around your pulmonary veins. This scar tissue can prevent an irregular heart beat by blocking excess electrical signals sent by your pulmonary veins to your left atrium. 

A pacemaker 

A pacemaker works by constantly monitoring your heart rate. It sends electrical pulses to your heart to ensure it beats at the correct speed and regularly. It can be inserted into your heart through a vein under your collarbone.

Booking your treatment for heart problems with us depends on your condition and recommended treatments. 

To get started, you can book a consultation online with one of our many experienced cardiology Consultants.

To learn more about treatments for heart conditions, please visit our treatments page. This could help you understand what other diagnostic tests are used to assess your heart health.

At your consultation, you will likely receive important diagnostic testing and the appropriate treatment option for you will be discussed. If you would like to find a Consultant cardiologist near you, you can search for a Consultant through our website. 

Specialists offering Cardiology

Dr Simon John Winterton

Consultant Cardiologist and Interventional Cardiologist

MA MB BS FRCP

BMI The Winterbourne Hospital

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Prof Francis Chinegwundoh MBE

Consultant Urologist

MBBS MS MML(med law) FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Ed) FRCS(Urol) FEBU

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 1 more BMI The London Independent Hospital

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Dr Saqib Chowdhary

Consultant Cardiologist

MB BS, MRCP(UK), PhD

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Dr Robin Taylor

Consultant Cardiologist

MRCP MBCHB

BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital 1 more BMI The Priory Hospital

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Dr Brian Gould

Consultant Cardiologist

MBBS, MD, FRCP

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 3 more BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital BMI The London Independent Hospital BMI The Sloane Hospital

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Dr Aamir Ayub

Consultant Cardiologist

MBBS, Dip card (London), MD, FESC, FRCP (Lon)

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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