Spire Washington Hospital’s new Healthy Heart Clinic offers patients in the Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle regions a comprehensive risk assessment and effective management for all cardiovascular risk factors.
"Our new Healthy Heart Clinic is for anyone who has any concerns about heart disease."
Dr Yogesh Raja
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of premature deaths worldwide. With the launch of the Healthy Heart Clinic at Spire Washington Hospital we aim to provide personalised strategies for patients to reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
What to expect
When a patient books in to the Healthy Heart Clinic they are asked to complete a questionnaire which they bring to the first appointment with the cardiologist. The information is discussed at length to help develop a full patient history to allow the cardiologist to use a risk calculator.
A number of tests are carried out that are key to evaluating someone’s risk factor. These include:
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- BMI check
Each patient is given an ECG which is a test that records the heart’s electrical activity and identifies if there are any issues with the heart’s natural rhythm.
Once all this information is collated the cardiologist is able to place the patient into a low, medium or high-risk group. Everyone who attends the Healthy Heart Clinic is given information on how to improve their lifestyle, however those deemed medium and high-risk are offered a CT scan to help us ascertain how developed the problem is and what treatment may be needed. Follow up appointments are arranged according to each individuals needs and ongoing care discussed with the patients GP.
The cost of the Healthy Heart Clinic is £500 and this includes consultation and lifestyle check, blood tests, BMI, blood pressure and an ECG.
Patients can also have CT Calcium scoring which detects calcium deposits in the arteries of the heart, which is a marker for coronary heart disease, alongside the existing tests for £750.
Which consultants lead the Health Heart Clinic?
Dr Yogesh Raja and Dr Shahid Junejo lead the Healthy Heart Clinic and both hold weekly clinics here at the hospital.
First contact (by phone or email)
Consultation booked and blood appointment made for at least 72 hours prior to consultation
Patient attends blood appointment and completes Healthy Heart questionnaire
Patient attends Healthy Heart clinic, blood pressure and BMI taken
Report sent to patient and GP. Any follow up treatment recommended and carried out as per normal