The aim of our cardiology team is to help patients reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. We also provide care to patients who suffer from angina or who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, other heart procedures and coronary heart disease.

Our Harley Street Medical Centre offers a comprehensive cardiology service, which encompasses cardiovascular screening through to the management of complex end stage heart disease. Our cardiology team, led by our Consultant Cardiologists, provide a complete range of services for all heart conditions.

Our focus is on delivering a one-stop cardiology diagnostics service with an emphasis on non-invasive investigations.

 

CARDIOLOGY SYMPTOMS AND ASSOCIATED TESTS

Hypertension / Hypotension

SYMPTOM OVERVIEW

Hypertension, also known as elevated blood pressure, is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. Normal blood pressure at rest is within the range of 100–140 mmHg systolic and 60–90 mmHg diastolic. Hypertension is present if the blood pressure is persistently at or above 140/90 millimetres mercury (mmHg) for most adults.

Sustained hypertension over time is a major risk factor for hypertensive heart disease, coronary artery disease, stroke, aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery disease, and chronic kidney disease.

Hypertension is rarely accompanied by any symptoms, and its identification is usually through screening, or when seeking healthcare for an unrelated problem. Someone with high blood pressure report headaches (particularly at the back of the head and in the morning), as well as light headedness, vertigo, tinnitus (buzzing or hissing in the ears), altered vision or fainting episodes.

Hypotension is low blood pressure, especially in the arteries of the systemic circulation. Hypotension is generally considered systolic blood pressure less than 90 millimetres of mercury (mm Hg) or diastolic less than 60 mm Hg. However, in practice, blood pressure is considered too low only if noticeable symptoms are present.

For some people who exercise and are in top physical condition, low blood pressure is a sign of good health and fitness. For many people, excessively low blood pressure can cause dizziness and fainting or indicate serious heart, endocrine or neurological disorders. Severely low blood pressure can deprive the brain and other vital organs of oxygen and nutrients, leading to a life-threatening condition called shock.

PROCEDURES COMMON FOR DIAGNOSING THESE SYMPTOMS

Chest Pain

SYMPTOM OVERVIEW

Chest pain isn’t always caused by a problem with your heart, but it can sometimes be a symptom of:

angina – where the blood supply to the muscles of the heart is restricted

a heart attack – where the blood supply to part of the heart is suddenly blocked

Both of these conditions can cause a dull, heavy or tight pain in the chest that can spread to the arms, neck, jaw or back. They can also cause additional symptoms, such as breathlessness and nausea.

The main differences between these conditions is that chest pain caused by angina tends to be triggered by physical activity or emotional stress, and gets better with rest after a few minutes.

Most chest pain is not heart-related and isn’t a sign of a life-threatening problem, but you should always seek medical advice to make sure you get a proper diagnosis.

PROCEDURES COMMON FOR DIAGNOSING THESE SYMPTOMS

Arrhythmias / Palpitations

SYMPTOM OVERVIEW

PROCEDURES COMMON FOR DIAGNOSING THESE SYMPTOMS

Coronary Artery Disease

SYMPTOM OVERVIEW

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is when your arteries narrow or become blocked because fat and cholesterol in your blood build up in your artery walls. This is called a plaque. The plaque that builds up is also called atheroma and causes a condition called atherosclerosis.

CAD often begins in childhood. The good news is it can be delayed with the right lifestyle choices. But if this build-up of plaque progresses, it can lead to angina or even a heart attack.

PROCEDURES COMMON FOR DIAGNOSING

Heart Valve Disease

SYMPTOM OVERVIEW

Heart valve disease occurs when one or more of your heart valves aren’t working fully and blood isn’t flowing through your heart as it should. Heart valve disease can put extra strain on your heart and cause your heart to pump less efficiently.

PROCEDURES COMMON FOR DIAGNOSING

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