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Southampton Heart Service

Cardiac experts at Spire Southampton Hospital, Hampshire


  • The Southampton Heart Service at Spire Southampton Hospital offers an extensive range of tests and investigations for all heart conditions to patients throughout Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, the south coast and the Channel Islands.

    Using state-of-the-art technology we can provide assessment and diagnosis of heart conditions at the Spire Southampton Hospital.

  • Heart conditions we treat


    • Angina - generally chest pain caused by narrowing of the coronary arteries, but can also present as pain in the arm, neck or jaw
    • Coronary artery disease - the narrowing of the coronary arteries
    • Cardiac arrhythmias - symptoms due to heart rhythm abnormalities such as palpitations and syncope
    • Congenital heart disease - heart defects from birth
    • Heart failure - the heart muscle becomes weak and less efficient leading to symptoms such as breathlessness and fluid retention
    • Valvular heart disease - problems with the hearts function due to problems with its valves
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  • Diagnostic tests


    • Blood pressure monitors - The monitor records changes in blood pressure by measuring it over a period of time 
    • Cardiac CT - A CT scanner is used to take pictures of the heart. It is used to obtain images of the beating heart and look at its structure and functionality 
    • Cardiac MRI - An MRI scanner is used to take both still and moving pictures of the heart. It gives information on structure and functionality
    • Electrocardiogram (ECG) - Records the electrical activity of the heart 
    • ECG holter monitor - This monitor is provided for longer periods of time in order to capture information regarding the hearts electrical activity 
    • Echocardiogram - Ultrasound scan of the heart that shows how well the heart is working and its functionality 
    • Exercise ECG test - This assesses the heart's response to exercise in the diagnosis of symtoms 
    • Implantable device checks - Follow up of implantable device to assess functionality and diagnostic capabilities 
    • Stress echocardiogram - Often performed on patients who cannot perform an exercise ECG test on a treadmill. Dobutamine mimics the effect of exercise on the heart and is administered whilst an echocardiogram is being performed 
    • Saline contrast echocardiogram - A standard echocardiogram can be performed using "contrast" to make the images clearer. The contrast is usually a sterile salt water solution that is shaken to form micro-bubbles. This can help the consultant identify any possible heart defects 
    • Transoesophageal echocardiogram (TOE) - Provides images of the heart via a thin probe inserted in to the oesophagus through the mouth under sedation 
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  • Treatments

    The Southampton Heart Service treats patients from all over the south of England. Our experts can help treat an extensive range of conditions and some of the treatments available are listed below.


    • Ablation - treatment for heart rhythm abnormalities
    • Angiography - diagnostic imaging of the heart using contrast and x-rays
    • Cardiac resynchronisation therapy - pacemaker or defibrillator that aims to improve the symptons of heart failure
    • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) - surgical procedure for coronary artery disease
    • Electrophysiological studies - diagnostic tests for heart rhythm abnormalities
    • Implantable defibrillator - battery powered device used to treat people with dangerously abnormal heart rhythms
    • Implantable loop recorder - small battery powered device that continually monitors the heart rhythm for abnormalities
    • Left atrial appendage occlusion - device to help prevent strokes for patients with atrial fibrillation who can't take blood thinning medications
    • Pacemaker - battery powered device used to regulate the heart beat
    • Patent foramen ovale/atrial septal defect closure - non-surgical closure of a hole in the heart undertaken via a vein in the leg
    • Renal Artery Denervation - non-surgical treatment for resistant hypertension
    • Valve repair or replacement - surgical procedure to repair or replace malfunctioning heart valves
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