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PET – Cardiac Positron Emission Tomography

77 Wimpole Street brings another first for RB&HH – the ability to offer cutting edge PET-CT imaging. A s one of the few PET-CT scanners in the country offering Rubidium…

Septal Myectomy: A Patient’s Perspective

Hypertrophic CardioMyopathy (HCM) is a slowly debilitating condition where the heart muscle thickens inappropriately. The disease is inherited and it is estimated it may affect as many as 1 in…

MRI Scans and Cardiac Devices

People with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are often told that they can’t get an MRI scan. Royal Brompton & Harefield hospitals are two of few centres in the country…

Endurance Sport and Cardiac Conditions

Exercise should be an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But high intensity sport may trigger a cardiac event if you have an undetected cardiovascular condition. Pheidippides, the original ‘marathon…

Revolutionising the care of heart failure

RB&HH has an extensive history of innovation. Now with the focus on remote monitoring of heart failure with expert multi-disciplinary clinical staff and several research studies in this area, a…

The shape of things to come

“The Rhythmia system (Boston Scientific), now installed at both the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, allows creation of accurate 3-dimensional maps consisting of tens of thousands of electrical points, usually…

Re-building my child’s heart

18 month year old Raghad from Kuwait was born with a complex and rare congenital heart defect where the heart chambers and blood vessels supplying the heart are positioned in…

A surprisingly quick recovery

Harefield Hospital’s Mr Shazhad Raja used off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting to carry out a quadruple bypass, with excellent results for patient Mr Ian Gratte. Ian Gratte’s first symptoms were…

Preventing expansion in the aortic root

In 2004 a new conservative treatment to manage aortic dilation and dissection in patients with Marfan syndrome was pioneered by Royal Brompton surgeon, Prof John Pepper through the creation of…

Hearts that beat the death sentence

Breakthrough could keep organ alive for 24 hours after donation. Keeping a donated heart alive for a day or more is a step closer – and could mean fewer people…