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In this section, we have leaflets for the Cardiology department. Please only read the materials on the advice of your clinician.

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Information for General Practitioners


Patient Leaflets


Advice following a Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when a blood clot is formed in a narrowed coronary artery. This means that the muscle beyond the clot does not receive sufficient blood so some of the heart muscle is damaged and a scar is gradually formed. Initially it is necessary to rest the heart, and the patient, generally for about 24 – 48 hours. The scar takes time to form, so both you and your heart need to use this period of time to get back to normal. Sitting in a chair and doing very little for 4 weeks will not help your heart get used to normal activities. Alternatively, immediately returning to normal activities may over exert you.


Cardiac Risk Management

This programme will cover all you need to get back to normal, following a cardiac event. It will provide you with the tools to manage your heart condition for life.


Day Case Cardioversion

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.


Heart Failure Discharge Information

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.


Undergoing a Coronary Angiogram

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.


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