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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?

  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • 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 prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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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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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?

  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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 is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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 nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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