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

Charissa Worthmann: competitive gymnast despite arrhythmia diagnosis

Charissa Worthmann has become a competitive gymnast, despite living with arrhythmia – a congenital heart condition characterised by an irregular heart rate.

Cardiology

What is minimally invasive heart surgery?

Dealing with the fallout of heart disease and wondering what your surgery options are? In minimally invasive heart surgery, surgeons perform surgery through smaller incisions in your breastbone or chest, as an alternative to open-heart surgery. Dr Leonard du Preez, a cardiothoracic surgeon practising at Mediclinic Panorama, explains what this surgery option entails.

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The future – and challenges – of cardiovascular imaging

Just 50 years ago, the only scientific tools doctors had to diagnose cardiovascular conditions were the stethoscope and a simple electrocardiogram. Medical technology has advanced at a rapid pace over the last few decades, speeding up diagnosis, treatment methods and outcomes for patients.

Cardiology

Is hypertension in your future?

Almost half the adult population of South Africa has abnormally high blood pressure (hypertension). A Mediclinic expert explains why this condition is serious – and what you can do to manage it.

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Simple changes for better heart health

These and other simple lifestyle changes could help your budget, keep you calm – and, more importantly, protect your heart health in the long term.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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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.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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  • 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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • 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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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.

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‘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

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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