Cardiology

Our cardiologists treat all types of heart disease using both invasive and non-invasive procedures.


Abnormalities of heart rhythm

Consultants at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals carry out approximately 548 electrophysiology studies each year to detect abnormal heart rhythms in patients. Procedures to regulate and manage arrhythmias include radio frequency ablation and the fitting of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). Our specialists fitted 3,453 of these in 2012/13.


 

Narrow or blocked arteries

Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals are home to seven purpose-built catheter laboratories, where our consultants carry out over 400 coronary angioplasties each year (and stenting) to help widen arteries.

Clinicians at RB&HH have access to advanced X-ray and 3D imaging facilities to help detect narrow or blocked arteries. Our teams of cardiologists, nurses, radiographers and cardiovascular technicians performed over 3,300 angiograms in 2012/13.

The UK’s first coronary angioplasty took place at Royal Brompton in 1980 and the first coronary stent was implanted at the hospital in 1988.


 

Congenital heart disease

We treat congenital heart disease from before birth to adulthood and have one of the largest adult congenital heart disease units in the country. Our experts see over 6,000 adults with congenital disease each year –more than any other hospital in the UK.

The adult congenital heart disease unit is home to ground-breaking research, attracting a large number of clinical fellows from around the world to take part in specialist training and research programmes.


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