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The heart

Every second, your heart beats, as it has done 100,000 times a day since before you were born. Each beat is an elaborate electrical sequence. Current pulses from node to node, through pathways of fibres, telling the four chambers of your heart when to contract and expand. As they do, they pump five litres of blood around your body, supplying your cells with the oxygen they need to stay alive.

Welcome to the HCA UK Cardiac Department

Our cardiac consultants have dedicated their lives to understanding the human heart. Every day, they work together to keep it beating. They treat patients from all over the world in three London hospitals within the HCA UK group: The Harley Street Clinic, London Bridge Hospital and The Wellington Hospital. Each one is a centre of excellence, known for pioneering cardiac care.

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    World-leading cardiologists and cardiac surgeons

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    Three cardiac centres of excellence — The Harley Street Clinic, London Bridge Hospital and The Wellington Hospital

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    The latest diagnostic technology

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    Consultant-led teams of sub-specialists from each area of cardiac care

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    Open heart, minimal access and robotic surgery

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    Minimally invasive procedures including TAVI and Mitra-Clip

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    Pioneering procedures including PEARS

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    Intensive care units in every hospital

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    Clinical nurse specialists, dedicated to each field of cardiology and cardiac surgery

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    The full range of paediatric and adult care

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    The only private unit providing lifelong care to patients with congenital heart disease

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    Genetic testing and treatment for inherited cardiac diseases

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    Support to predict and prevent heart problems

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Meet some of the foremost minds in medicine

Our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are some of the foremost minds in medicine — from the first person to perform non-contact mapping to treat heart arrhythmia, to the professor who advises the government on preventing heart disease. Working together across our hospitals, our consultants are pioneering new procedures and perfecting others. Their work doesn’t just change patients’ lives today. It changes lives for generations to come.

Specialising in every aspect of cardiac care

Every part of the heart is a branch of science in of itself. To achieve the depth of understanding and experience they need, consultants need to sub-specialise — in aortic vascular surgery, for example, or paediatric cardiac surgery. Sub-specialising means our consultants perform their specialist procedures in greater volume than they would if they were a general heart doctor. The more they perform these procedures, the better the outcome for patients. This sub-specialism goes even further than our consultants. Our scrub nurses sub-specialise in assisting minimal access valve repairs, for instance, and our imaging technicians in cardiac MRIs and cardiac CT.
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The world’s leading heart doctors — in one room

Our consultants and clinicians meet regularly to discuss complex patient cases. In a multi-disciplinary team meeting, they’ll scrutinise evidence, review images and debate diagnosis and treatment. Every opinion is heard and nobody defers to any one person. Together they channel decades of experience, gained treating thousands of patients, into making the best decision for every individual.

Working together in hand-picked teams

Working in teams across three hospitals, our consultants perform procedures they’ve perfected together – and may have performed together hundreds of times. They know how their fellow team members think, move, operate and stitch. And they know how to get the best from one another. It’s by working together again and again that our consultants can innovate — improving a technique, or developing an approach — to transform care for patients.

A team of seven works together to repair a thoracoabdominal aneurysm, for instance. It takes them seven hours. Three cardiac surgeons and three vascular surgeons perform intricate procedures to repair the wall of the aorta that extends from the chest into the abdomen. One consultant oversees the entire operation, like a conductor leading an orchestra.

It’s not just the teams in theatre that make these procedures extraordinary. To plan a TAVI, a minimally invasive way to replace a heart valve, consultants need the most accurate echocardiogram and CT images possible. Our imaging teams help them see exactly what size valve they need, and where it needs to go, before they even begin the procedure.
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Outstanding facilities, teams and equipment

The complex medicine our consultants perform is only possible with the best facilities, teams and equipment. From the latest robotic technology, to bedside medicine cabinets that are opened with a doctor’s fingerprint, we have everything we need to care for our patients — including intensive care units in every hospital. It’s why so many leading cardiologists and cardiac surgeons choose to practice at our hospitals.

The latest technology

Our imaging team use the latest diagnostic equipment, like Dual Energy CT scanners, which show the heart in precise detail. Consultants plan procedures using computer modelling technology to predict the best place to fit a device for each individual patient. 3D mapping systems allow our consultants to correct arrhythmias with zero radiation.
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Consultants performing minimal access mitral valve repair surgery

Making every possible option available

Cardiac medicine is always advancing — there are new investigations, techniques and treatments. While traditional open heart surgery is still the right option for many patients, our consultants are pioneering techniques that can achieve the same outcome with less trauma to the body. If your consultant decides that minimal access or minimally invasive procedures are appropriate for you, these latest techniques are available in our hospitals..

We treat you like a member of our family

This was our founding ethos when Dr Thomas Frist set up HCA in 1968. And it still underpins everything we do today. Our clinical nurses sub-specialise just like our consultants. It means that as well as giving you all the support you need, they can provide deep clinical knowledge too. They’ll make sure our team understands your life beyond your medical notes, so that we offer the options that will suit you best. They’ll explain complex clinical information, manage your treatment, and look after you and your loved ones. They know that being in hospital is a difficult time – and it’s their calling to take care of you as you recover.
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Vasilli’s heart surgery

Now I can give my granddaughter a piggyback, which I couldn’t do before.
Vasilli

Patient

Vasilli’s GP had been concerned for several weeks with his shortness of breath, wondering if it could be related to a narrow valve in his heart. Our cardiac team found he was suitable for a new keyhole procedure, a transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The procedure took about an hour and a quarter, and within 24 hours, Vasilli was ready to go.

HCA UK cardiac hospitals

Our consultants perform huge volumes of procedures and treatments across our three hospitals. Specialist procedures are performed in each hospital, from the latest minimally invasive imaging to life-changing surgery. Our cardiac department brings together these three sites, outpatient facilities, and our consultants, nurses, teams and technology. It’s all these elements combined that allow us to deliver outstanding care.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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