Cardiology procedures

 

We carry out a variety of cardiology procedures for a number of reasons.

 

Complex Heart Rhythm Devices

 

At times some people require support with highly specialised pacemakers.

 

These complex heart rhythm devices help to keep the heart beating effectively by synchronising the timing of the heart contractions as well as the ability to correct any potentially-dangerous fast heart rhythms.

 

Different pacemakers may also be required to keep the heart beating at a reasonable rate following some types of cardiac surgery.

 

These procedures are generally performed in our theatre area, under local anaesthetic and sedation, but may be performed under general anaesthesia if it is clinically appropriate to do so.

 

Patients are admitted into our Cardiology Ward 2C and generally stay overnight following the procedure before discharge the next day.

 

Coronary Angiography

 

Coronary angiography and intervention is carried out to obtain further information about your heart and particularly your heart arteries.

 

For more information on what these procedures involve, you can read our booklet on cardiac catheterisation from our patient information section via this link.

 

There is further information on the links below from the NHS Inform website:

 

What do I need to know before going for a coronary angiogram?

 

What do I need to know before having coronary angioplasty and stenting?

 

What do I need to know before having coronary artery bypass grafting cabg?

 

Electrophysiology

 

An electrophysiology study aims to analyse the function of the heart’s electrical system, and to diagnose abnormal heart rhythms.

 

It can enable your doctor to determine the cause of the abnormal heart rhythms and assist them in making decisions in relation to future treatment if it is required.

 

You can download our information booklets relating to electrophysiology procedures from our Patient Information section.

 

Heart attacks

 

A large part of our work is treating patients suffering from a specific type heart attack, known as a STEMI.

 

It has been shown that if someone has a heart attack, their outcome is improved if they have their blocked arteries opened by a Cath Lab team as quickly as possible.

 

We are one of two sites working closely with the Scottish Ambulance Service to provide this service – known as Optimal Reperfusion – to patients in the west of Scotland.

 

A heart attack can be a frightening experience – whether it happens to you or a loved one. For more information, you can download the information booklet ‘Your heart attack procedure explained’ from our patient information section.

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