The exterior of the cardiology department at St Thomas' Hospital in London.Cardiology
Our cardiology department provides a full range of services for inpatients and outpatients. We pride ourselves on the quality of these services, and we are recognised as a world leader in the development and application of innovative treatments for heart conditions.
The services we offer are delivered by expert cardiologists using state of the art facilities.
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The interventional cardiology group includes specialist interventional consultants in addition to a highly skilled team of physiologists, radiographers and specialist nurses. A 24 hours 7 day week primary angioplasty service ensures all patients presenting with heart attacks receive gold standard treatment irrespective of day or time of admission. Our team has published a number of academic publications in high impact journals, and our consultants participate in international conferences.
Electrophysiology and rhythm management devices
Five specialist cardiologists (including three professors) lead a team of highly specialised physiologists, radiographers and nurses. The unit is one of the largest volume operators for ablation and device implantation in London. Close working with the cardiology imaging unit has resulted in ground breaking approaches in radiofrequency ablation for rhythm management. The unit has a very strong international presence. A 24 hours 7 day service, led by the specialist electrophysiologist consultants in addition to the specialist electrophysiologist clinical scientists, operates to provide definitive gold standard treatments (device implantation, rhythm management) to all patients irrespective of day or time of admission. The unit has particular expertise in the laser assisted extraction of devices, being one of two high volume departments in this field.
Structural and valvular heart disease
In close conjunction with the cardiac surgical unit, and the paediatric cardiologists, the cardiology department has developed multiple multidisciplinary teams including a transcatheter aortic valve replacemet (TAVR) team, a mitral team and an adult congenital heart team. The structural heart disease team is internationally recognised and coordinates the largest transcatheter valve meeting in the world. We have pioneered many new technologies in this field and were the first centre in the world to perform transcatheter mitral valve replacements and to offer parachute device implantations to patients with heart failure.
Cardiac imaging is a major strength of the department and provides a comprehensive portfolio including echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography (CT) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The department hosts the largest number of clinical imaging cardiologists in the United Kingdom with a strong academic presence both nationally and internationally. We are amongst the five largest volume centres in the United Kingdom for cardiac CT, echocardiography and cardiac MRI. Many of our imaging cardiologists are invited speakers both nationally and internationally at major scientific conferences, and we have published a number of academic publications in high impact journals.
The department provides a complete range of non-invasive services for inpatients and outpatients, within the Trust and the local community. This supports directorates throughout the Trust.
Heart failure and inherited cardiac conditions
Our heart failure service is one of the largest in the United Kingdom and is made up of three heart failure consultants and a dedicated team of heart failure specialist nurses. We offer a rapid assessment of patients presenting to hospital with shortness of breath and integrate our service with our community based services and GPs to ensure continuing care and optimal treatment. Notably, we have specific expertise in dealing with patients who have sustained damage to their hearts as a result of treatments to cancer (cardio-oncology) and in the investigation of novel treatments for heart failure. We have a philosophy of developing innovative technologies to deliver our heart failure services. For example, we offer video virtual clinics and work with IT companies to deliver "telehealth".
The inherited cardiac conditions service is the fastest growing within the directorate, and works in conjunction with other specialties (including genetics, neurology and respiratory medicine) to deliver an innovative specialised service. The inherited cardiac conditions service provides a comprehensive service for patients with inherited heart muscle disorders, inherited heart rhythm disorders, inherited cholesterol disorders and diseases of the aorta.
Adult congenital heart disease
A great deal of recent investment has taken place in this service. The department is the fastest growing ACHD unit in the UK.
Find out how imaging is transforming care for cardiac patients
At Guy's and St Thomas’ cardiologists are working to improve the way they use imaging to diagnose and treat patients with cardiac disorders.