Brian Love heads our cardiology service at Wear Referrals and is for patients with known or suspected heart disease. Indications for referral include the investigation of heart murmurs or arrhythmias, syncope or episodic weakness, or dyspnoea.
Diagnostic procedures will be carried out after a careful initial assessment. Further diagnostic procedures may include blood tests, thoracic radiography, electrocardiography (ECG) and echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound), including spectral and colour flow Doppler.
We also carry out 24-hour ECG monitoring (Holter) for the investigation of intermittent syncope and diagnosis/monitoring of arrhythmias.
The cardiology department works closely with our internal medicine and soft tissue services.
Patients with clinical signs caused by airway disease are transferred to the internal medicine service for further investigations, such as bronchoscopy or thoracic CT.
Patients requiring thoracic surgery are treated by the soft tissue service - for example, pericardiectomy (removal of the sac around the heart) for recurrent pericardial effusions and surgical closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in patients unsuitable for transcatheter closure.
- Doppler echocardiography
- Holter monitoring