Few people realise how much techniques have improved since surgery was first used in the 1950s. Undergoing a heart procedure need not mean spending weeks in hospital and months recuperating. Increasingly, advances such as keyhole surgery are helping patients recover more quickly. The risks associated with surgery and anaesthesia have also declined, making it a good choice for people whose health and quality of life would otherwise by compromised by heart problems.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as palpitations, feeling faint or shortness of breath it is essential to visit your GP who can advise you on further examinations when needed. There are a number of investigations which be carried out to pinpoint if there are any problems with the heart.
How Oaks Hospital in Essex can help you
We are able to offer an extensive range of services for the diagnosis and treatment of any underlying cardiovascular conditions that may be responsible for your symptoms.
Through our cardiology consultants, we are able to arrange:
The above investigations provide a full range of cardiac diagnostic tests that can be used to investigate symptoms and conditions such as chest pain, palpitations, breathlessness, dizzy spells, hypertension, angina, heart failure and murmurs. Your cardiologist will then be able to advise on the options for your condition.
Pacemaker implantations and cardioversion treatment to restore normal heart rhythms are available at the Oaks Hospital.
Diagnosis of a cardiothoracic condition can be very stressful but Ramsay Health Care’s cardiothoracic services enable easy, rapid access to an expert opinion and treatment, when its needed. Because our surgeons and interventional cardiologists also have practising privileges here at the Oaks Hospital you can choose to be seen by your consultant specialist at the Oaks or at the Orwell Cardiothoracic Private Patient Unit (Orwell CPPU), based in the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, a world-class hospital based on the fringes of Greater London.
Ramsay Cardiothoracics provides access to world class diagnosis and treatments in a seamless and most convenient pathway. If complex surgery is needed, your consultant may recommend it is carried out at Orwell CPPU where we have specialist theatres, intensive care units and diagnostic facilities on site. It offers many leading edge interventions, carried out by nationally-renowned surgeons and cardiologists.
How can I access cardiology treatment?
The first step is to obtain a referral to a consultant cardiologist at the Oaks Hospital from your GP. This enables your consultant to gain as much insight into your medical history as possible.
For information on how to make an appointment with one of our consultant cardiologists or if you have any further questions about the cardiology tests and treatments at Oaks Hospital or Ramsay Cardiothoracics, please contact our Hospital Services Advisers on 01206 987669 or fill out the online form.