Our ‘One Stop’ Heart Service
A private cardiologist can help if you have been experiencing symptoms that might relate to the cardiovascular system (i.e. the blood vessels and the heart). It can be a very worrying time if you have concerns about your heart, which is why the swift and advanced treatment you’ll get from a private cardiologist can give you great peace of mind. If you’re worried about changes in your body then these are some of the symptoms that may need it’s time to book in with a cardiologist.
Symptoms to look out for
- An increase in blood pressure or consistently high blood pressure.
- Discomfort in your chest.
- Feeling like you’re short of breath even if not doing exercise.
- Experiencing swelling in your legs.
- A heart rate that is either abnormally fast or abnormally slow.
- Experiencing dizziness or fainting spells.
- Leg pain or ulcers may be the result of disease relating to your blood vessels.
It can also be important to see a cardiologist if you know that you have a history of premature heart disease in your family – or of people who have died from cardiac problems.
How can our ‘One Stop Heart Clinic’ help you and your family?
Chase Lodge Hospital has launched its ‘One Stop Heart Clinic’ led by the renowned Cardiologist Professor Missouris. Our cardiology service ensures that you are seen quickly by very experienced clinical staff, and most of the diagnostic testing can be performed on the day, including ECGs, 24-72 hour ECGs ( Holter) and Blood Pressure monitors. Your cardiologist will deem what tests are necessary at your consultation, and our team will perform these as part of our One Stop model service. A follow-up appointment will be required to discuss the findings and agree on a management plan.
If necessary, you may be referred to a cardiovascular surgeon who will have specific expertise in surgery that involves the heart, lungs and blood vessels.
What can you expect in terms of treatment?
The treatment that you receive will depend on the issues that you have, as well as your current health and family history. A treatment plan going forward could include any of the following:
- Changes to your lifestyle – The habits and activities we do every day can have a big impact on cardiovascular health, so this is often the first place to start making changes. For example, giving up smoking, eating a low-fat diet and exercising for 30 mins a day can considerably reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Medication – If you have tried lifestyle changes that haven’t worked, then medication can help control a cardiovascular condition.
- Procedure or Surgery – Sometimes, cardiovascular procedures are necessary to help improve your outlook.
We are proud of our new cardiology service and confident that you will be seen quickly, without unnecessary delays and extra appointments for any diagnostic tests and procedures. You can find out more about the Chase Lodge Hospital ‘One Stop’ Heart Clinic or contact our reception to book an appointment.