Regent's Park Healthcare announces it has entered into a ground - breaking partnership with University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

WILTSHIRE, United Kingdom, 17 February, 2019: Regent’s Park Healthcare Ltd. (RPH), an independent healthcare company specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, today announced it has entered into a ground-breaking partnership with University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP).

The RPH & UHP partnership will lead to the development of a state-of-the-art cardiology centre, to be called the ‘Peninsula Heart Clinic’, based within Derriford hospital and situated on land opposite the South West Cardiothoracic Centre. The new heart clinic will expand cardiology capacity, reducing NHS waiting times and build on UHP’s reputation for being a centre of excellence for cardiothoracic services across the South West of England.

Dr. Anil Ohri, Chief Executive of RPH said: “This partnership is excellent news for patients and the local economy in and around Plymouth. The multi-million pound investment we are making will create 21 new jobs and rapidly lower waiting times for people to access life-saving treatments.” Dr. Ohri added:  “This new venture is perfectly aligned with our long-term strategy of working with NHS cardiac departments to address their operational challenges whilst improving patient experience and clinical outcomes. The Peninsula Heart Clinic will expand our nationwide network of healthcare services and confirm our position as the UK’s leading NHS partner of managed cardiology services.”

Peninsula Heart Clinic is scheduled to open in July 2019.

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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Insertion (TAVI)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Insertion (TAVI)



What is transcatheter aortic valve insertion?

TAVI is usually performed under light sedation with local anaesthetic, meaning you’ll be slightly drowsy and pain-free throughout the procedure. Your consultant will insert a thin, flexible tube (a delivery catheter) through a small cut in the skin, usually in your groin but sometimes between your ribs or under your collarbone. The catheter is then passed towards the heart and through the opening of the narrowed aortic valve. A small balloon may be inflated to open your aortic valve and make room for the artificial valve. Most artificial valves are made using bovine (cow) tissue. This new valve is expanded to fit in place of the old, narrowed valve. The whole procedure takes one to two hours.

How to prepare for the procedure?

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and let you know how to prepare. If you’re having general anaesthetic, your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking for.

What are the treatments for transcatheter aortic valve insertion?

The recovery time for TAVI is generally much faster than for traditional open heart surgery. You’ll be cared for in hospital for as long as your recovery requires, but most patients go home within two days following the procedure. You can expect some discomfort and will be given pain relief medication. It may take up to four weeks to fully recover, but your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work.

Fast-track your appointment

We believe the best cardiac care can only be achieved by the best cardiologists in their fields, working together, for you and your heart. Our consultants are able to offer appointments throughout the week and at weekends.

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Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Scan

Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Scan

These scans enable cardiologists to view detailed images of the inside of the body. An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is used for imaging most parts of the body, whereas a CMR (cardiovascular magnetic resonance) or Cardiac MRI scan is used specifically to provide an image of the heart structure and blood vessels.

An MRI scan is a sophisticated type of scan that does not use any radiation. The scanner uses a large magnetic tube to align the body’s protons – small particles contained within each hydrogen atom, found in every water molecule – and then uses short bursts of radio waves directed at specific areas of the body. These knock the protons out of alignment, which realign when the radio waves are turned off. This sends out radio signals that are picked up by receivers.

These signals provide the exact location of each proton and help distinguish between the different types of tissue inside the body, because the protons of each type of tissue realign at different speeds and produce a different signal. Computers then produce a detailed image of the body. These CMR images allow doctors to assess cardiac function, scarring of the heart muscle and a lack of blood supply (myocardial ischaemia). CMR is considered the gold standard imaging modality for patients with cardiomyopathy as it allows for better visualisation of the heart and is the only way of detect the scarring of heart muscle that is often seen in these conditions.

During an MRI scan, you will lie flat on a bed which is moved into the scanner. The procedure is operated by a radiographer, to whom you can communicate via an intercom, and typically lasts 45 minutes. Headphones with music or ear plugs are normally provided. Some patients may feel claustrophobic but often simple reassurance is enough to allow the scan to conclude. The Peninsula Heart Clinic has access to an open MRI scanner for those who cannot tolerate a conventional scanner due to claustrophobia.

Common Myths and The Facts on Heart Attacks

Not only are heart attacks dangerous because they interrupt blood supply to the heart—they are dangerous because of the misconceptions many people are why they happen and when to seek care.

To help clear the air around heart attacks we’ve gathered the 5 myths we hear most frequently and have addressed each with facts.

Remember: If you suspect the symptoms of a heart attack, dial 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

Don’t worry if you have doubts. Paramedics would rather be called out to find an honest mistake has been made than be too late to save a person’s life.

Myth 1

A person having a heart attack always feels sharp pain and numbness in the arm.

Heart attack symptoms vary widely and chest pain and numbness are not always present. Other symptoms can include difficulty breathing, sweating, a cold or clammy feeling, nausea or vomiting, fluttering in the chest or light-headedness.

Women in particular often do not experience ‘classic’ symptoms. Fatigue, palpitations and sometimes a less intense chest pain is often reported by women having a heart attack.

Myth 2

During a heart attack, the heart stops beating.

Sometimes the heart stops beating, but not always. During a heart attack, the heart muscle begins to die. The heart may continue to beat but the situation is serious and you must seek urgent medical care.

Myth 3

A young, healthy person with normal cholesterol will not have a heart attack.

A person with normal cholesterol level is less likely to experience a heart attack, but no one is immune. Many factors contribute to heart attack risk including your genetic makeup. Even young people can have heart attacks.

Myth 4

Heart disease is a man’s disease.

Cardiovascular disease kills the same proportion of women as it does men—that’s over a quarter of all men and women. In fact, coronary heart disease (a type of cardiovascular disease) kills more than twice as many women than breast cancer. Considering these figures it’s worrying that some women believe that heart disease won’t affect them, instead believing it’ll only affect middle-aged men.

Myth 5

Coughing vigorously during a heart attack could save your life.

There is no medical evidence to support ‘couch CPR’, which suggests you can help yourself by couching vigorously if you think you’re having a heart attack and are alone. If you have a cardiac arrest you would become unconscious, and without immediate CPS (chest compressions and rescue breaths), you would die.

If you are still conscious (able to do ‘cough CPR’, then you are not in cardiac arrest and therefore CPR is not needed, but urgent medical help is vital.

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