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Higher heart attack risk for cocaine users

An Australian study showed that recreational cocaine users may develop stiffer arteries, thicker heart muscles and higher blood pressure, leading to higher risk of heart attack. The volunteers who had taken cocaine at…

Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals join Bupa TAVI network

The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals have now been accredited to provide Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) procedures for Bupa members.  Royal Brompton Hospital performed over 350 TAVI procedures last year which…

Women who give up smoking by 30 can avoid health risks

New research, recently released by Million Women Study Collaborators and published in the Lancet, suggests that women who give up smoking before the age of 30 can avoid up to 97…

Expected fall in cancer death rates credited to treatments and screenings

New research recently released by Cancer Research UK and Professor Peter Sasieni, from Queen Mary, University of London suggests that death rates from some types of cancer will fall by up to half…

Women ignore heart disease risk

The majority of women in the UK never discuss heart disease, despite its status as the number one risk to their health, a poll conducted by the British Heart Foundation…

Tilt testing for management of syncope

Syncope (fainting) is the leading cause of collapse and transient loss (or near loss) of consciousness. Although the outlook is excellent for most people, the condition can cause severe distress in…

Experts from around the UK gather for Harefield Hospital’s annual primary angioplasty conference

More than 120 delegates gathered at Harefield Hospital last week for the sixth annual Harefield Primary Angioplasty conference. “This is the sixth year and our best turnout ever. We always aim to make it…

Royal Brompton Hospital rapid access and diagnostics service launched

After talking to GPs and patients and finding how to offer them the best possible service, the Royal Brompton Hospital has recently launched a private patient rapid access clinic for cardiac assessment and diagnostics….

Procedure to fight high blood pressure available at Royal Brompton private facility

Renal denervation, a new procedure available through the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals private patients centre, could improve outcomes for patients with treatment-resistant hypertension, according to three studies presented at the recent European Society…

New generation of cutting edge ‘artificial hearts’ added to Harefield portfolio

The renowned ventricular assist device (VAD) programme at Harefield Hospital, led by Dr André Simon, director of transplantation and circulatory support, which has played a pivotal role in the development of…