The heart is one of the most important organs in the body, but it can be affected by a number of health conditions. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy involves the heart’s muscle mass increasing abnormally, which can have unpleasant consequences. Professor Michael Mahmoudi is here to explain this condition and how it can be treated with alcohol septal ablation.
TAVI stands for transcatheter aortic valve implantation, a minimally invasive catheter-based procedure for patients with aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis is a heart defect characterised by the narrowing of the aortic valve, which can cause chest pain (angina), dizziness, palpitations, breathlessness and loss of consciousness. Cardiologist Dr Michael Mullen tells us all about TAVI, the possible risks faced with the operation and the road to recovery.
Sometimes we have to do things that make us feel faint – getting on a crowded train, giving blood, or speaking in public. Knowing how to stop that feeling in its tracks and prevent a full-blown fainting episode can be extremely empowering. The good news is that there are simple things everyone can do to stop themselves from fainting – as consultant cardiologist and fainting world expert Dr Boon Lim explains:
A heart check-up is exactly that – a series of tests and examinations to assess your risk for heart disease. Whilst not everyone needs to have a heart check, there are certain groups of people who have a higher risk of developing heart problems. Dr Nicholas Robinson, a cardiologist, explains who these risk groups are and what a heart check involves.
Lipid disorders are a range of conditions that result in abnormal elevations of different types of particles that carry fats in the blood. There are two main types of fats carried in the blood and we only need them in small amounts, high levels cause harm the longer they remain elevated. Professor Kausik Ray tells us a little bit more about lipid disorders and where they come from.
The London Underground is a difficult place to be at the best of times – but it can turn into a nightmare if you’re not feeling your best. But what causes people to actually faint on the tube? It’s a classic case of reflex syncope – according to Dr Boon Lim, consultant cardiologist at the London Cardiovascular Clinic in Harley Street, London.
It is very possible to live with a hole in your heart, without ever realising that it’s there. A patent foramen ovale, also known as a PFO, is a hole between the left and right atria (upper chambers) of the heart that we all have when we are in the womb, but this should close shortly after we’re born. It remains open, however, in around 20% of people, the majority of whom are oblivious to this hole. Cardiologist Doctor Mark Mason talks more about patent foramen ovale and when it requires treatment.