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Cardiology

Are your habits hurting your heart?

You may think you’re doing enough to avoid cardiovascular disease (CVD), but unfortunately there are some surprisingly common habits you may not know have a detrimental effect on your heart

Cardiology

The heart attack gender gap [infographic]

Heart attacks affect both men and women, but because much of the research in SA has focused on men, women might not know their risk profile – or the early

Heart & stroke

What happens in your body during a stroke? [infographic]

A stroke is a brain attack: a medical emergency that robs your brain of oxygen. The longer you go without specialised treatment, the more damage is done to your brain.

Heart & stroke

Your stroke treatment journey [infographic]

The way we diagnose and treat stroke is changing. Today, Mediclinic takes a multidisciplinary approach, with the aim of ensuring all patients are treated in a standardised and timeous manner.

Heart & stroke

FAQs: Stroke – your common questions, answered

Dr Melanie Stander, Mediclinic’s Emergency Medicine Manager, answers frequently asked questions about stroke. WHAT IS A STROKE? A stroke, also known as a brain attack or a cerebrovascular accident (CVA),

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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Heart & stroke

The kinds of stroke: how they happen and how they harm your health

Ischaemic and haemorrhagic strokes and transient ischaemic attacks all affect the body differently. They can be caused by clots or ruptured blood vessels – and in some cases, like cryptogenic

Heart & stroke

Early warning signs of stroke

When it comes to a brain attack (stroke), every minute counts. Your immediate action can help prevent brain damage and long-term disability. ‘If you suspect someone is having a stroke,

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
Cardiology

How to promote good cholesterol (and lower the bad)

‘Cholesterol is a difficult subject,’ says Dr Karlien Bezuidenhout, a GP at Mediclinic Hoogland. ‘For instance, while high total cholesterol is often associated with obesity, some overweight people have low

Cardiology

How to prevent a heart attack – according to science

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) ranks as the number one cause of death worldwide. More specifically, coronary heart disease (CHD), which includes heart attacks, affects South Africans at an alarming rate of

Cardiology

Running for heart awareness

Lesego Sepeng is a keen runner. He also works in the pharmacy at Mediclinic Brits. Now his passion for running is meeting up with his concern for others’ health. For the second year in a row, Lesego will be running between several Gauteng based Mediclinic hospitals, raising awareness in the community around heart health.

Cardiology

Can Using Aspirin Regularly Keep Your Heart Healthy?

It seems every day a new study contradicts the last – and all the while, your heart could be at risk. Mediclinic experts get to the bottom of this debate.

Cardiology

Can leg pain or numbness signify peripheral arterial disease?

This circulatory disorder effects the functioning of your arteries – and can be an early warning sign of major heart problems. Mediclinic cardiologist Dr Philip Mills explains the risks, and your testing and treatment options.

Cardiology

Good vs. Bad cholesterol: how do they affect the heart?

There is a common misconception that all cholesterol is bad for you. But that’s not always true. Two Mediclinic experts offer a closer look at the various types of cholesterol, as well as solutions to prevent cholesterol-related heart attacks.

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Cardiology

Cardiac imaging tests help prevent heart disease

A range of cardiac imaging tests has made it possible to look at – and inside – your heart without an overnight stay in hospital. Diagnostic radiologist Professor Leonie Scholtz,

Cardiology

Can this one test predict your heart attack risk?

High levels of C-reactive protein could indicate inflammation in your blood vessels, says a Mediclinic physician and rheumatologist.

Cardiology

Love Your Heart: Keep it beating against heart disease

Heart disease and strokes affect both men and women, yet most people don’t recognise how easy it is to avoid serious risk of heart disease.

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.

Cardiology

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.

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