Cardiology

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

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

Posted on 1 March 2017

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.

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The lowdown on low blood pressure

Posted on 24 November 2016

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.

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Prevent blood clots when you travel

Posted on 15 November 2016

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.

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Heart disease: are you at risk?

Posted on 28 September 2016

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?

  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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Heart health overhaul

Posted on 22 September 2016

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’

Posted on 19 September 2016

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • 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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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Your child and rheumatic heart disease

Posted on 5 August 2016

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

Posted on 5 July 2016

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?

Posted on 1 July 2016

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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Hypertension: spot the symptoms

Posted on 17 May 2016

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.

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Organ donation: the gift of life

Posted on 17 March 2016

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

Posted on 22 September 2015

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

Posted on 15 September 2015

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

Posted on 11 September 2015

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

Posted on 11 March 2015

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

Posted on 21 January 2015

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

Posted on 3 December 2014

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

Posted on 25 September 2014

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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In the stroke of time

Posted on 23 September 2014

Dr John Gardiner, a neurologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, explains why time is of the essence when you are having a stroke.

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Hypotension vs hypertension

Posted on 17 September 2014

Keeping your blood pressure stable is key to good cardiovascular health. Dr Kobus Hugo explains the difference between hypotension and hypertension.

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More about atrial fibrillation

Posted on 6 August 2014

Atrial fibrillation is a very fast and irregular heartbeat of up to 200 beats per minute.

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