Heart health

Our Spire specialists offer expert knowledge and advice on topics relating to the heart. The Health hub provides information on a range of conditions – such as heart disease and high cholesterol – as well as covering tests and scans, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. We also offer lifestyle tips to help maintain a healthy heart.

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Dr David Fox, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist

Dr David Fox explains what atrial fibrillation is, and what triggers the condition. He also discusses the causes and symptoms.

Heart health articles

The best foods for maintaining a healthy heart

We all know that some foods are better for us than others, but do you know how your diet can affect your heart?

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High blood pressure: causes and symptoms explained

Many people don’t realise that they have high blood pressure, despite around a third of adults in the UK having it.

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The warning signs and symptoms of a stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood supply is cut off to an area of your brain.

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Blood clots: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment explained

Your blood’s clotting ability is important to help stop excessive and potentially dangerous bleeding when a blood vessel is injured.

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How do MRI scans really work?

MRI scans are used to capture detailed images of what’s going on within your body and unlike an X-ray or CT scan, do not use radiation.

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Six lifestyle tips to reduce high cholesterol

It’s estimated that almost half of adults in the UK have cholesterol levels that are higher than the national guidelines.

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Heart palpitations: causes, symptoms and treatment explained

Heart palpitations are quite common but are usually not anything serious, even though they can be disconcerting.

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What is a coronary angioplasty and how can it help?

A coronary angioplasty is also known as a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

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Understanding coronary artery disease: risk factors, symptoms and treatment

There are over two million people in the UK living with coronary artery disease, also known as ischaemic heart disease or coronary heart...

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Hypotension: what is low blood pressure?

You may have heard that high blood pressure is bad for your health, but did you know that low blood pressure can cause problems too?

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Understanding arrhythmia: risk factors, symptoms and treatment

Every year in the UK around two million people experience an arrhythmia.

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Atrial fibrillation: the causes, treatments and risks explained

Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm problem affecting around 1.5 million people in the UK alone.

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Living with supraventricular tachycardia: from diagnosis to treatment

You can develop supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) at any age, in fact, some people are born with the condition.

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Heart valve disease: diagnosis and treatment explained

It’s estimated that around 1.5 million people aged 65 or over in the UK have heart valve disease.

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Chest pain and cardiovascular problems: when to seek help

Having chest pain can be worrying, and it can be hard to know when to seek help.

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Heart disease: everything you need to know

According to the British Heart Foundation, heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK.

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Aortic valve stenosis with Dr Mark Turner

In this video Dr Mark Turner, Consultant Cardiologist discusses aortic valve stenosis, a condition of the heart.

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