Cardiology and cardiovascular medicine is a subcategory of internal medicine that primarily specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and care of the heart. For patients with a pre-existing heart condition or a concern surrounding the health of this vital organ, cardiologists play a significant role in assessing and monitoring their hearts.
When it comes to the health of your heart, if you have any concerns, no matter how slight, it is always best to get a professional's opinion. At Midland Health, our team of expert cardiology consultants will arrange an initial cardiology consultation, followed up by subsequent appointments to ensure any necessary treatment plan remains on track.
From cardiology consultations, it is possible to assess your heart and see whether you are experiencing any issues that can affect your heart’s efficiency in pumping blood around your body. At Midland Health, we can identify a wide range of heart conditions, arranging the best treatment plans for any of the following:
This is by no means an exhaustive list, our cardiologists are highly-qualified and experienced medical professionals who will be able to help you with all cardiac concerns. If you are experiencing chest pains, angina or sudden shortness of breath, arrange to see a cardiologist as soon as possible. Our specialist consultants have access to innovative tests and equipment to help you understand your symptoms, advising you on how to improve and maintain your heart health.
At our private cardiology clinic in Birmingham, we are able to carry out a range of cardiac tests and examinations, allowing you to receive comprehensive cardiovascular assessment and treatment. Our specialists can diagnose and manage conditions ranging from high blood pressure and palpitations to angina and heart failure. In order to make the necessary diagnosis and assessments, we are proud to be able to offer:
Our cardiology check-ups look to assess your cardiovascular health, helping you understand any risk factors and how healthy your arteries are. This assessment will include routine screening tests including blood pressure, body mass index and a look into your general health and diet.
We have the facilities and equipment to carry out ambulatory blood pressure monitoring over 24-hour periods using a sphygmomanometer. For those with high blood pressure (hypertension), this method of monitoring allows for blood pressure readings to be taken every 20 to 30 minutes while you are awake or asleep. This allows for any abnormalities to be recorded that may otherwise be missed, such as white coat hypertension, masked hypertension and sustained hypertension.
Echocardiograms (ECGs) look to assess the heart by checking its structure and the blood vessels that surround it. The test involved wearing an electrode on your upper body and legs that capture your heart’s electrical signals continuously. By collating this data, the aim is to determine how well the heart functions, including its rate of heartbeats, any irregularities in the rhythm as well as if the heart is damaged or enlarged.
A stress test is used to assess your heart’s ability to function when under stress, and how well it is able to withstand this additional pressure. These tests are often carried out on a treadmill or exercise bike, while a cardiologist uses an echocardiogram to measure your heart, while also taking blood pressure readings. Stress testing is often used to help detect the cause of chest pains, irregular heart rhythms and shortness of breath.
Echocardiography creates an image of your heart using sound waves. By analysing an image of your heart, it becomes possible to assess its size, strength and whether there are any valve malfunctions. It is also possible to visibly see signs of heart disease.
Similar to ECG monitoring systems, external loop recordings allow for cardiac activity to be recorded for a longer period. With recorded footage of your heart, a cardiologist is able to assess any heart palpitations in more detail.
Computed tomography angiography (CTA) combines a CT scan of your heart with an injection of medical dye. The dye is used to highlight blood vessels and tissues within the scan, helping a radiologist identify narrow or blocked blood vessels, as well as aneurysms. At Midland Health, we can externally arrange these scans through our lead cardiac consultant.
Coronary MRI helps to detect signs of cardiac disease, coronary artery disease, tumours, infection and inflammatory disease. An MRI creates a detailed picture of the heart, and its surrounding structures including the pericardium, using magnetic resonance imaging. These scans enable the heart’s chambers, valves and structure to be visualised, as well as the blood vessels and the blood flow. We can arrange coronary MRIs externally, through our lead cardiac consultant.
Cardiology consultations at Midland Health will be carried out by our qualified and experienced cardiologist and their team. While they are thorough assessments of your heart, they are nothing to worry about. An introductory cardiologist appointment begins with an extensive assessment of your health history, including questions regarding your family history and your lifestyle choices.
Depending on your cardiologist’s preferred approach, the procedures used within your consultation may vary. However, the general outline will include an interview, a physical examination, any additional tests relevant to your health and family history, finishing with a diagnosis or review of your results. Your physical examination will include recording your blood pressure, height and weight. Often an echocardiogram (ECG) or echocardiography (ECHO) will also be performed.
To ensure your cardiology consultation is as detailed as possible there are a few things you can do in preparation for your assessment. These include:
If your results are inconclusive or require additional investigation, your cardiologist will make the necessary arrangements. It is not uncommon for blood tests, x-rays and stress tests to be needed.
Once a diagnosis can be made, your specialist will share all of their findings. In addition to the cause of your symptoms, you will also receive your treatment options. These can vary from lifestyle changes, prescribed medications aiming to reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and other risk factors, procedures such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting and cardiac rehabilitation.
Everyone should arrange a cardiology consultation periodically. The heart is a vital organ that helps to sustain other primary organs with a constant supply of oxygenated blood; we cannot survive without it. Therefore, it must remain in optimal working order.
The earlier heart conditions are detected, the likelihood of these progressing to more severe heart conditions can be significantly reduced. Cardiology consultants are more than happy to assess your heart’s general health, not every appointment must result in the diagnosis of a disease or disorder. Unfortunately, cardiovascular diseases can be a part of our natural ageing process, consequently, keeping on top of your heart health allows you to be a step ahead.
This field of medicine focuses on all diseases and disorders that often stem from poor lifestyle choices; therefore, cardiology consultants will also look to support patients by educating them about the consequences of their actions. These lifestyle factors include eating a healthy diet, avoiding activities such as alcohol consumption and smoking and maintaining healthy body weight and body mass index (BMI).
Moreover, most cardiovascular diseases are preventative. With a thorough cardiac assessment, a cardiologist can help you identify any issues or conditions you need to be aware of to maintain your heart’s health. If any concerns are identified, you will have a specialist present who can explain your treatment options and put the necessary arrangements in place to support your diagnosis.
Our specialist cardiology clinic is led by Dr Deepak Goyal, an experienced interventional cardiologist who is an NHS cardiology consultant at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Dr Goyal is skilled in all aspects of Cardiac evaluation, investigations and coronary intervention. He specialises in the evaluation and investigation of chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, coronary artery disease, angina, hyperlipidaemia, hypertension, fainting, heart failure and valvular heart diseases.
With over 20 years of experience, Dr Goyal trained in the West Midlands in all aspects of adult cardiology with a specialist interest in interventional cardiology. He is extensively trained in transthoracic echocardiography. Dr Goyal is vastly experienced and skilled in all aspects of Cardiac evaluation, investigations and coronary intervention.
He has worked at the University Hospital of North Midlands and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a Consultant Cardiologist in the past. Over the years, Dr Goyal has built up an extensive portfolio ranging from diagnostic cardiology procedures to complex percutaneous interventional techniques. These revolutionary methods include aspiration thrombectomy, laser thrombectomy, rotational atherectomy, pressure wire evaluation, distal embolic protection devices and the use of adjunctive devices, such as intravascular ultrasound. Dr Goyal’s outcome data for coronary Intervention has been persistently excellent and his use of radial artery access is in excess of 97%.
Dr Goyal offers assessment with the following cardiac procedures:
Dr Goyal is registered with the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) and the General Medical Council and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, the European Society of Cardiology, Medical Defence Union and the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions.
Why Choose Midland Health
If you ever have concerns about your cardiac health, it is crucial you get yourself checked out by an experienced consultant as soon as possible. That is why, at Midland Health, we pride ourselves on arranging specialist appointments when you need them. There are no lengthy waiting listings for weeks or months on end; instead, you can see a qualified consultant in a matter of days.
With us, there is no bureaucracy. You can receive a professional diagnosis and treatment a lot quicker through our private clinic. Here, our facilities are well-equipped and can offer a large majority of hospital tests, and the results are available immediately.
At Midland Health, we strive to be the comprehensive healthcare provider you need, exactly when you need it. Therefore, our cardiology clinic provides:
Come and visit our specialist consultants at our state-of-the-art private cardiology clinic. You can find us in the heart of Edgbaston, just outside of Birmingham City Centre. Located on Highfield Road, off the A456 or only a 15-minute walk from Five Ways train station.
If you would like to arrange a cardiology consultation with our highly-qualified specialists, call us today on 0121 769 0999. Alternatively, submit an enquiry form to us below. Our consultants will be happy to see you at our innovatory centre at their earliest availability.
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