Cardiology (heart)

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Please click one of the links below for information on our cardiology service:
 

What is it?

Where do we offer this service?

Who should you contact?

Further advice and resources
 

What is it?

Cardiology is the medical specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases of the heart. This includes:
 

  • Valve disorders
  • Heart failure
  • Heart murmurs
  • Arrhythmia
  • Angina
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction).
     

If you have angina or have had a heart attack, you have coronary heart disease (CHD). This is a long-term condition, which means you will have it for the rest of your life. But eating healthily, taking regular exercise and stopping smoking are a few of the many ways in which you can manage your condition, helping yourself to lead as full and active a life as possible.
 

The Cardiology Department might diagnose and treat your CHD in the following ways:
 

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • 24-hour ECG recording
  • Exercise testing
  • Echocardiography
  • Stress echocardiography
  • Coronary CT angiography
  • Cardiac MRI scanning
  • Invasive coronary angiography
  • Cardiac devices (including implantable loop recorders, pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation therapy)
  • Medication
  • GTN spray
  • Coronary angioplasty and stenting.
     

If required, coronary artery bypass grafting is carried out in Leeds or Sheffield.  

If you have had a blackout or dizzy episode, you may be monitored using a heart recorder. You may then be diagnosed as having an arrhythmia (slow heart rhythm/fast heart rhythm) and treated with a pacemaker or ‘internal defibrillator’ (cardiac device) to control your symptoms. For certain types of arrhythmia, a ‘cardioversion procedure’ (an electrical shock given under sedation through the chest wall to alter the heart’s electrical rhythm) may be carried out. Sometimes, ‘ablation’ (a procedure to eliminate the ‘abnormal electric circuit’) is carried out and is performed at Leeds General Infirmary.


If you have heart failure (where your heart muscles don’t work properly), we may prescribe medications that can improve your symptoms and we can implant a pacemaker to help your heart muscle function properly. We have specialist heart failure nurses to advise you and oversee your treatment.
 

Where do we offer this service?

Cardiology services are provided from:

Pinderfields Hospital – Coronary Care Unit and Ward 31, Floor D and Outpatients and Cardio-respiratory Department, Floor B. 
All cardiology inpatients are looked after at Pinderfields.

Dewsbury and District Hospital – Outpatients and Cardio-respiratory Department, Staincliffe Wing.


Pontefract Hospital – Outpatients and Cardio-respiratory Department, Floor A.

 

Who should you contact?

To contact the Cardiology Departments please call:
Tel: 01924 541000

 

Further advice and resources

British Heart Foundation www.bhf.org.uk  
Change for Life www.nhs.uk/change4life