Our Procedures

Our services for heart rhythm conditions include consultation with patients, investigations, ablation treatments and pacemaker implants.

The procedures that we use for the heart rhythm conditions that patients present with are detailed below, and include: Ablation, Cryoblation, Atrial Fibrillation Ablation, Atrial Flutter Ablation, Cardiac Catheterisation, Electrophysiological Studies, Heaet Rhythm Monitoring, Pacemakers and Supraventricular Tachycardia Ablation.

For complex procedures we believe that the best results are achieved with the skills of  of two of our consultants working together. Our four cardiac consultants are highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm problems. Click here to find out more about them.

Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion

Left atrial appendage occlusion delivery sheath

Percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion, sometimes abbreviated as LAAO, is a keyhole procedure developed to close a small part of the heart called the appendage.  The left atrial appendage is responsible for causing the majority of strokes in patients that have atrial fibrillation.  During normal heart rhythm the heart contracts in an organised and controlled way » Read More


Ablation

Red Heart

This is a general term that describes some of the procedures that we perform. Ablation is the process that modifies small parts of the heart muscle that are responsible for the abnormal heart rhythms or palpitations. Usually this is done by heating the area using radiofrequency at the end of a catheter that is placed in contact with the heart muscle. » Read More


Cryoablation

The majority of our ablation procedures use radiofrequency to heat the abnormal heart muscle to modify it.  The alternative method is to use freezing technology called cryotherapy. Theoretically cryotherapy can be used for most abnormal heart heart rhythm disturbances that we ablate but in our experience we tend to use cryoabltion for procedures where we » Read More


Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Atrial fibrillation ablation is a procedure that is performed on the heart to treat atrial fibrillation. The intention is to improve the symptoms of atrial fibrillation by completely abolishing the abnormal rhythm or in some cases by making the atrial fibrillation less frequent so that tablets will work better. » Read More


Atrial Flutter Ablation

This procedure is undertaken to cure atrial flutter by ablating in the right atrium. It is a simpler procedure than atrial fibrillation ablation and usually takes less time to perform. » Read More


Cardiac Catheterisation

Cardiac catheterisation is a diagnostic procedure that is used to assess different components of the heart. A complete procedure includes imaging of the coronary vessels (the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle), measuring the function of the left ventricle, measuring the pressures within all the different heart chambers and the major blood vessels attached to the heart. » Read More


Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (Biventricular Pacemaker)

Cardiac resynchronisation therapy is used in patients in whom the pump function of the heart is severely diminished and they have heart failure. » Read More


Direct Current Cardioversion

In some situations abnormal heart rhythms can be stopped by resetting the heart electrical system. This is done by delivering a short shock of electricity across the chest. » Read More


Electrophysiological Studies

An electrophysiological study is an invasive procedure that is undertaken to determine the cause of the abnormal heart rhythms. The procedure is performed with sedation, local anaesthetic and intravenous painkillers. » Read More


Heart Rhythm Monitoring

This is a test that records the heart rhythm over a period of time, usually from 24 hours to 72 hours continuously. A few self adhesive electrodes are attached to the skin and the wires are connected to a small box about the size of a portable music player. » Read More