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

Don’t skip a beat

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.

Cardiology

9 tips to lower your risk of heart attack or stroke

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…

Cardiology

At the heart of the matter

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

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

Mark Pilgrim talks about how to deal with treatment and how your loved ones can support you through this tough time.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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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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  • 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 monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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  • 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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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Heart attacks in women

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? What now…

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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Cardiology

In the stroke of time

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

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

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

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Cardiovascular disease: know your risk profile

Here’s why you need to look after your cardiovascular health.

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Deep vein thrombosis

Understand what deep vein thrombosis is and prevent it from becoming life threatening.

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Signs and symptoms of a stroke

September is heart and stroke awareness month. Living healthily, including taking regular exercise and eating a balanced diet, will go a long way to reducing the risk of lifestyle diseases including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

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Get back your beat

When your heart skips a beat, a simple electronic device can get it back in sync. Discover how a pacemaker can change your life – in a heartbeat.

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We bust some pacemaker myths

Your lifestyle is unlikely to change when you have a pacemaker fitted – we bust some myths.

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In a heartbeat – implanting a pacemaker is not as dramatic as it sounds

Pacemakers are often used to treat a slow heartbeat. Here’s what you should know about the procedure.

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Your check-up: ECG

Leonard Steingo, cardiologist at Morningside Mediclinic in Sandton, talks us through the simple ECG test that could stop you becoming a statistic.

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Heart attack vs cardiac arrest

Learn the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest.

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