Mater Private Cork - A Wealth Of Knowledge Treating Heart Disease

Published Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 21:23 pm

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Mater Private Cork - A Wealth Of Knowledge Treating Heart Disease

MATER Private Hospital, Cork, has six Consultant Cardiologists who bring a collective wealth of knowledge and experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

As the most common cause of death in Ireland, heart disease accounts for 13% of premature deaths under age 65 and a third of all deaths. Heart attack accounts for the largest number, a condition where one of its diseased blood vessels develops a clot completely occluding it, resulting in injury to the heart muscle.

Our Urgent Cardiac Care Consultants work closely with various members of the multi-disciplinary cardiology team to provide a same day service for the assessment, diagnosis and initiation of treatment in urgent cases. Treatment of the wide variety of cardiac problems that come through the service often include pharmaceutical and procedural interventions, as well as aiming to improve the emotional and practical support offered to patients and their families.

One of the important areas of investigation is within the Raid Access Arrhythmia Clinic where emphasis is on the diagnosis of new and established irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia). Of the various types of cardiac arrhythmias, the most common sustained is Atrial Fibrillation, which the European Society of Cardiology reports will affect 1 in 4 middle-aged adults by 2030, and up to 215,000 being diagnosed with it each year within the European Union. Atrial Fibrillation has been directly associated with an increased risk of death, high levels of morbidity such as heart failure and stroke as well as frequent hospitalisations and associated reduction in quality of life.

Signs and Symptoms: Atrial Fibrillation can present in a variety of ways from significant symptoms such as fast pounding in your chest with marked breathlessness, dizziness and even loss of consciousness, to minor symptoms such as fluttering in the chest occasionally, breathlessness when walking, increased tiredness despite adequate rest. If you are concerned about any of the above symptoms contact your General Practitioner as these symptoms can easily be investigated, diagnosed and treated before any serious complications develop.

Diagnosis and Treatment: First, visit your family doctor - this is your best first point of contact and they will determine if your symptoms are something to be concerned about and if they require further investigation. What is important is not to ignore them. A detailed analysis of symptoms by an appropriately trained and experienced professional is a vital component of the diagnosis of a cardiac arrhythmia. This is essential as often the initial symptoms of various cardiac arrhythmias are very subtle and intermittent. The specific answers to detailed questions helps to guide the practitioner toward the most appropriate advanced diagnostic tests required to make an arrhythmia diagnosis. Once a specific type of cardiac arrhythmia is confirmed and the possible causes identified through detailed investigations then the appropriate treatments can be initiated by a Consultant Cardiologist.

Treatments of cardiac arrhythmias vary dependent on the type and effect on the individual’s quality of life. This can include simple medications to stabilise the heart muscle conduction to advanced invasive procedure, such as Ablations, carried out by specialist Electrical Cardiologists, such as Dr Maheshwar Pauriah, that completely eradicate the abnormality and thus remove the detrimental effects of the arrhythmia and associated negative effects on the person’s quality of life.