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

Five myths about heart and stroke medication

When a patient feels fully rehabilitated after a heart attack or stroke, they may be tempted to stop their medication. A stroke specialist at Mediclinic gives five reasons why this isn’t a good idea.

Cardiology

How to speed up recovery after a stroke

Having a stroke is a frightening experience – not just for the victim of the stroke but also for their friends and family. Here are a few guidelines to smooth the difficult process of recovery.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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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?

  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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Cardiology

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.

Cardiology

‘I survived two heart attacks’

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

Cardiology

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.

Cardiology

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.

Cardiology

Hypertension: spot the symptoms

Hypertension is more common today than it’s been… but how do you know if you have it? A Mediclinic doctor talks us through the signs – and treatment – of this silent killer.

Cardiology

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.

Cardiology

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.

Cardiology

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…

Cardiology

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.

Cardiology

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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