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In this section, we have leaflets for the Cardiology department. Please only read the materials on the advice of your clinician.

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Information for General Practitioners


Patient Leaflets

Click to download the Advice following a Heart Attack leaflet

Advice following a Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when a blood clot is formed in a narrowed coronary artery. This means that the muscle beyond the clot does not receive sufficient blood so some of the heart muscle is damaged and a scar is gradually formed. Initially it is necessary to rest the heart, and the patient, generally for about 24 – 48 hours. The scar takes time to form, so both you and your heart need to use this period of time to get back to normal. Sitting in a chair and doing very little for 4 weeks will not help your heart get used to normal activities. Alternatively, immediately returning to normal activities may over exert you ... read more

Click to download the Cardiac Risk Management leaflet

Cardiac Risk Management

This programme will cover all you need to get back to normal, following a cardiac event it will provide you with the tools to manage your heart condition for life ... read more

Click to download the Day Case Cardioversion leaflet

Day Case Cardioversion

Atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and atrial tachycardia are conditions which disturb the normal electrical conduction of the heart, which may cause an irregular heartbeat. You may be aware of a ‘thumping’ in your chest, or your heart beating erratically and may be accompanied by feelings of tiredness, shortness of breath and/or dizziness. Not everyone experiences these symptoms. This is because your heart is having insufficient time for its normal function ... read more

Click to download the Heart Failure Discharge Information leaflet

Heart Failure Discharge Information

If you or a loved one has been told by your doctor that you have heart failure, it is understandable to feel frightened or confused. Heart failure is a common but serious and possibly progressive condition that frequently has no cure. However, by understanding your condition, following your treatment plan as recommended by your doctor and making simple lifestyle changes, you can live longer, feel better and do more ... read more

Click to download the ICDC Patient Pack leaflet

ICDC Patient Pack

An ICD acts as a heart monitor. The leads attached to your heart muscle feed signals back to the box under your skin. The level of detection will be set differently for each patient, from 130 to 200 beats per minute.

If your heart rate goes too high, the ICD will detect this and begins a series of tests to determine if the rhythm is normal or abnormal. If the device determines that treatment is needed, the device will deliver the pre-programmed therapy, which may be fast pacing stimuli, or low/high level shocks ... read more

Click to download the Undergoing a Coronary Angiogram leaflet

Undergoing a Coronary Angiogram

This booklet has been designed for patients at Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust undergoing a coronary angiogram (also known as cardiac catheterisation), and their carers.

You may be having the procedure as a day case, or after being admitted to hospital due to angina or a heart attack.

It gives important information about the angiogram procedure, about going home and for activity afterwards. ... read more