A stethoscope is a listening device used to listen inside the body, most commonly to the heart, the lungs, and the bowel.
Because there are so many different parts to the heart, we can assess how well it works (and for the presence of heart disease) with many kinds of different tests. Some of these are simple, quick and non-invasive, and others are a little more complicated. Here’s an overview.
Heart failure is a term used to describe a broad range of conditions that all share similar symptoms and signs. It is the fastest growing cardiovascular condition. At the core, heart failure is about one key principle: the heart’s function cannot match the body’s requirements.
When you have coronary artery disease, blockages made up of plaque narrow down or completely block the coronary arteries, reducing the blood supply (ischaemia) or causing a heart attack. To prevent this damage, we can insert a stent to push the blockage out of the way and get blood flow back.
Coronary arteries (coloured red on the picture above) supply your heart with blood, and problems here can lead to heart attacks.
A coronary angiogram is a procedure that allow us to see the arteries that supply blood to the heart very clearly. These arteries, called coronary arteries, can become narrowed with plaque, leading to a reduced blood supply to the heart (called ischaemia) and potentially a heart attack.