A heart attack occurs when a blood clot is formed in a previously narrowed coronary artery. This means that the muscle beyond the clot will not receive sufficient blood. Some of the heart muscle dies and a scar is gradually formed. Initially it is necessary to rest the heart, and the patient, generally for about 24 – 48 hours. This should gradually decrease, following discharge from hospital. The scar usually takes about four to six weeks to form, so both you and your heart need to use this period of time to get back to normal ... read more
Atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and atrial tachycardia are conditions which disturb the normal electrical conduction of the heart, which may cause an irregular heartbeat. You may be aware of a ‘thumping’ in your chest, or your heart beating erratically and may be accompanied by feelings of tiredness, shortness of breath and/or dizziness. Not everyone experiences these symptoms. This is because your heart is having insufficient time for its normal function ... read more
If you or a loved one has been told by your doctor that you have heart failure, it is understandable to feel frightened or confused. Heart failure is a common but serious and possibly progressive condition that frequently has no cure. However, by understanding your condition, following your treatment plan as recommended by your doctor and making simple lifestyle changes, you can live longer, feel better and do more ... read more
An ICD acts as a heart monitor. The leads attached to your heart muscle feed signals back to the box under your skin. The level of detection will be set differently for each patient, from 130 to 200 beats per minute.
If your heart rate goes too high, the ICD will detect this and begins a series of tests to determine if the rhythm is normal or abnormal. If the device determines that treatment is needed, the device will deliver the pre-programmed therapy, which may be fast pacing stimuli, or low/high level shocks ... read more
This booklet has been designed for patients at Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust undergoing a coronary angiogram (also known as cardiac catheterisation), and their carers.
You may be having the procedure as a day case, or after being admitted to hospital due to angina or a heart attack.
It gives important information about the angiogram procedure, about going home and for activity afterwards. ... read more