If you have a condition that needs a treatment but it is not a life-threatening emergency, then you can experience delays in treatment. Private insurance gets you sorted quicker and frees capacity for other people.
Seeing Christian Eriksen collapse on the pitch during the Euro 2020 football match was a shock. I’ve refrained on posting about him until we knew he was ok, but I think this does have important lessons to share. It’s fantastic that he has made a recovery and has made it home. This shows you howContinue reading “The importance of CPR”
So you’ve got Atrial fibrillation (AF) and you’ve considered your options for treatment – a lifestyle approach, medications, or an ablation. You’ve decided that the best solution for you is an AF ablation. You may be having this paid for by insurance, but more and more patients are saving on insurance premiums and deciding toContinue reading “If I have an AF ablation without insurance, why is it so expensive?”
It is safe to use and induction hob with a pacemaker, but there are things that are worth knowing about. Read more for details.
Some wrist monitors are better than others. The Apple Watch and Polar watches are pretty accurate at picking up SVT’s, Garmin and Fitbit less so.
After an ablation – what to expect – driving / exercise / how will I feel?
DVLA rules for heart conditions for ordinary car drivers. Ablations, pacemakers, defibrillators, heart attacks and fainting aka transient loss of consciousness TLOC aka syncope
There are lots of medicines out there for heart rhythm issues. The first line that are beta blockers (eg bisoprolol) or calcium channel antagonists (eg diltiazem). These generally slow the heart and can reduce extra beats, but aren’t very good at keeping you in a normal rhythm. Anti-arrhythmic drugs can keep you in a normalContinue reading “Medicines for rhythm problems”
Ablation really just means the destruction of cells. When applied to heart rhythm problems it means we can treat heart cells that are causing trouble. It is done by using one of 2 technologies – either microwave energy to heat cells, or liquid nitrous oxide to freeze cells. These cause the proteins in the cellsContinue reading “Ablation – for heart rhythm”
Palpitations are one of the commonest things that people come and see me about. A palpitation is being aware of your heartbeat. It doesn’t have to mean that anything is wrong and most people are aware of their heartbeat at some point or other, even if it is just with exercise or if lying inContinue reading “Palpitations – should I be worried”