Cardiology

Our expert doctors give valuable information on all conditions of the heart from high blood pressure to cardiac arrest.

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Cardiology

Best ways to keep your cholesterol in check

High cholesterol levels can cause heart disease but there are lifestyle changes you can make to keep your cholesterol under control.

Cardiology

‘All I could think of was getting to the finish’

An abnormally high heart rate is dangerous no matter who you are. Elite mountain bike racer Jennie Stenerhag suffered an abnormal heart rhythm while competing in the 2016 Absa Cape Epic. This is her story.

Cardiology

The lowdown on low blood pressure

If you were born with blood pressure on the low side, that’s good news – but there are still a few things worth knowing about this condition.

Cardiology

Prevent blood clots when you travel

There’s nothing quite as exciting as a holiday, especially if you’re going abroad, but with long-haul travel comes the risk of blood clots, particularly in the elderly. We chat to Dr Gavin Angel, a cardiologist at Mediclinic Morningside, about recognising and managing the risks.

Cardiology

Heart disease: are you at risk?

It’s estimated that one in three deaths in people over the age of 35 is due to heart disease or heart-related health problems. Make sure you’re aware of your risk profile and the warning signs.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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Heart health overhaul

For Mediclinic patient Amos Mautla (63) suffering not one but two heart attacks has led to some positive lifestyle changes – not just for him but also for his family.

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‘I survived two heart attacks’

Amos Mautla suffered heart attacks in 2009 and 2014 and was treated at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital both times.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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Your child and rheumatic heart disease

While it’s not often seen in private practice, rheumatic heart disease is one of the most commonly acquired childhood heart diseases around the world, affecting about 325 000 children each year.

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Heart health: Why fit people are also at risk

It’s a fallacy that heart disorders or heart attacks only happen to older or overweight people. Young, fit people can die from heart conditions too – and often it’s aggravated by over-training. A Mediclinic expert talks us through the risks.

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Are you suffering from arrhythmia?

Everybody drums to their own beat – and there’s nothing wrong with that. But when your heartbeat starts hitting the wrong rhythm, you could be suffering from a heart rhythm disorder. We a look at five of the most common types of arrhythmia.

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Organ donation: the gift of life

An organ transplant is a major, life-saving procedure – but although there are 4 300 South Africans on the waiting list, a lack of donors means that these procedures are relatively rare. Here’s what an organ donation means to the recipient, in the words of heart transplant recipient and World Transplant Games athlete Stanley Henkeman.

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Don’t skip a beat

Every day our hearts beat about 100 000 times – but some people have an irregular heart rhythm. Dr Razeen Gopal tells us about the relationship between this condition and strokes.

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9 tips to lower your risk of heart attack or stroke

There are many ways to lower your risk of having what could be a deadly heart attack or stroke. Here are the top nine easy-to-follow tips from experts…

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At the heart of the matter

Is your heart healthy? It beats between 60 and 80 times a minute while you’re resting, while pumping 5,7l of blood around your body.

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Life after a coronary bypass

Dr Marius Swart is a specialist cardiocthoracic surgeon at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. Here he describes life after coronary bypass surgery and what a patient can expect during the healing process…

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Dealing with treatment

Mark Pilgrim talks about how to deal with treatment and how your loved ones can support you through this tough time.

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Heart attacks in women

Some women experience the symptoms of a heart attack differently than men do so it’s vital to be able to communicate with your doctor effectively about the kind of pain you’re experiencing. Dr Len Steingo, a cardiologist at Mediclinic Morningside, explains what to look for…

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High blood pressure

High blood pressure has been described as a side effect of modern life. Here are the next steps once you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure.

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