Cardiology is a specialty that deals with disorders of the heart. This includes disorders of coronary circulation, heart valves, myocardium, pericardium, congenital heart disease, cardiac arrest and vascular diseases.
Our cardiologists also subspecialise in one or more of the following disciplines:
Cardiac electrophysiology – Study of the rhythm of the heart
Echocardiography – Study of the structure and mechanical function of the heart using ultrasound
Interventional cardiology – A minimally invasive method of treatment for structural, coronary and vascular disorders with the use of small catheters, stents and/or mechanical devices.
Nuclear cardiology – This non-invasive method of imaging is able to assess myocardial blood flow, and the contractility of the heart at rest and during exercise. During this procedure, a small amount of radioactive tracer is injected into the vein and images of the heart is taken.
Cardiothoracic surgeons work closely with cardiologists and are trained to perform surgery on the heart, lungs, chest wall and diaphragm.
This surgical specialty is dedicated to the surgical treatment of diseases, trauma, and congenital or acquired deformities to the heart and its vessels.
Some diseases that can benefit from cardiothoracic surgery include coronary artery blockage, valvular disorder, aneurysm, and congenital heart disease.
A highly specialised team including cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, anaesthetists and intensivists is required to provide a high level of care to a cardiothoracic patient.