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The Heart Centre
Spire Bristol Hospital, The Glen

A Centre of Excellence for Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

Conditions, Tests and Treatments

  • Treatments and procedures carried out at The Heart Centre

    EECP Therapy - this is a non-invasive treatment that is carried out in our our-patient department.  It has been shown to be safe and effective for the treatment of angina.  The treatment involves lying on a treatment table while attached to an ECG machien and blood pressure monitor.  Large cuffs, similar to blood pressure cuffs, are wrapped around your calves, thighs and buttocks.  These cuffs then inflate and deflate between your heart beats.  Thetreatment works by gently but firmly compressing the blood vessels in the lower limbs to increase blood flow to your heart.

    Coronary Angiography - this is when a thin, flexible tube, called a catheter, is threaded through an artery in your arm or groin which leads to the heart.  A special dye that shows up on X-ray pictures is injected into the tube and X-ray pictures are taken.  This examination helps to find out if your coronary arteries are blocked and how well your heart valves are working.  This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic.

    Coronary Angioplasty - this is when a catheter is threaded towards your heart, from your groin or your arm, using X-ray images.  The angioplasty catheter has a tiny balloon on its shaft and this balloon is gently inflated to open up your arteries.  This balloon is deflated after a couple of minutes and removed, leaving more room in the artery for blood to flow to your heart.  Often a small wire mesh (a stent) can be inserted to hold the artery open to improve blood flow and reduce symptoms.

    Pacemaker Implantation - this is a small device with one or more leads.  It is inserted using local anaesthetic under the skin, just below the collar bone, and the leads are placed into the heart through a vein.  The pacemaker send electrical impulses to the heart to help it to produce a heart beat.

    Cardioversion - this is a treatment to restore the heart to its normal rhythm.  The most common type of arrhythmia is called atrial fibrillation.  This means that the upper chambers in your heart are moving fast and aren't contracting properly.  The symptoms include dizziness, fainting, palpitations and a fluttering feeling in your chest.  Cardioversion involves applying a controlled electric shock to your chest to reset your heart's normal rhythm and is performed under a general anaesthetic or heavy sedation.

    Ablation of Arrhythmia - this is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms.  A flexible catheter is inserted from your groin in to your heart.  high-frequency impulses are then used to induce the arrhythmia and then ablate (destroy) the abnormal tissue that is causing it.  This then helps to regulate your heart beat. 

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  • Cardiac tests and scans at Spire Bristol Hospital

    At Spire Bristol Hospital we have a range of heart assessments designed to help give you peace of mind.  We offer a range of non-invasive cardiology investigations to help your consultant or GP assess the health of your heart. These include:

    Electrocardiogram (ECG) - Electrodes are placed on your wrists, ankles and chest as you relax. These electrodes are then connected to a machine recording all the electrical signals from your heart.  Analysis of the results can indicate any damage to the heart muscle.  The test may also detect changes in heart rhythm as well as abnormalities in the signals themselves. Exercise ECG's work in the same way but you will be asked to exercise on a treadmill or exercise bike.

    Blood Pressure Monitors - We may take your blood pressure during your assessment or you may be given a 24 hour blood pressure monitor. This the change in blood pressure with activity by measuring your blood pressure at intervals over a period of time.

    Event Recorder - If you suffer from only occasional symptoms, this monitor is provided for longer periods of time in order to capture information regarding the event.

    Pacemaker Checks - Ensures all pacemaker settings are optimised, to maximise battery life and help tailor functions to improve your quality of life.

    Echocardiogram - Provides a specialised ultrasound scan of the heart to give a range of information including the size, function and pressures of the heart, as well as information regarding the heart valves. There are different types of echocardiogram available including Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (where a thin probe is inserted through the mouth to take pictures of the heart), Contract Echocardiogram (where a dye is injected to help pick up different pictures) and Stress Echocardiogram (where a microphone is placed on the chest wall to monitor the heart during exercise).

    Tilt Table Testing - This test involves lying on a table and then tilting the table upwards, while you are connected to an ECG and a blood pressure monitor.  It is used to test for causes of syncope or dizziness.

    Spirometry - This is where you are asked to take a deep breath and then blow in to the sensor as hard as you can, for as long as you can.  This measures the lung function.

    Cardiac CT - This involves using a CT scanner to take pictures of your heart.  It is used to get images of the beating heart and to look at the structure and function of the heart.

    Cardiac MRI - An MRI scanner is used to take both still and moving pictures of your heart and major blood vessels.  It is used to get images of the heart and to look at the structure and function of the heart.

    Your Consultant or GP may suggest one or more of these investigations, so that he/she can plan an appropriate programme of treatment.

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  • Surgical procedures performed at Spire Bristol Hospital

    Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure Surgery - A PFO is a hole between the left and right atrium which usually closes at birth, preventing blood from passing directly between the right and left heart chambers.  PFO closure involves passing a catheter from the leg to the heart under X-ray and ultrasound guidance.  The device is then placed across the hole, closing the PFO.  This can be done under either general or local anaesthetic.

    Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery - known as heart bypass or bypass surgery , this is a surgical procedure performed to relieve angina and to treat coronary artery disease.  Arteries or veins from elsewhere in your body are grafted to the coronary arteries to bypass the diseased arteries and improve the blood circulation supplying the heart.

    Valve Replacement - this operation involves replacing a damaged valve in your heart with a mechanical valve or a tissue valve.  A new valve will relieve the strain on the heart and aims to ease symptoms such as breathlessness and chest pain due to angina.

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