CARDIOLOGY

Our cardiology service is headed by Brian Love. The service is for patients with known or suspected heart disease. Indications for referral are investigation of heart murmurs or arrhythmias, syncope or episodic weakness, or respiratory signs.

Diagnostic procedures will be carried out after a careful initial assessment during a consultation. Further diagnostic procedures include blood tests, thoracic radiography, electrocardiography (ECG) and echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) including spectral and colour flow Doppler. Twenty four hour ECG monitoring (Holter) is also carried out for the investigation of intermittent syncope and diagnosis/monitoring of arrhythmias.

The Cardiology department works closely with the Internal Medicine and Soft Tissue services. Patients whose clinical signs are found to be due to airway disease may have further investigations such as bronchoscopy or thoracic CT carried out by either the Cardiology or Internal Medicine services. Patients requiring thoracic surgery are treated by the Soft Tissue Service, for example pericardectomy (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.

BRIAN LOVE
Brian qualified in 1988 from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh and worked in first opinion practice in London and the North East for many years. He obtained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology in 2010 for which he was awarded the annual prize for the highest examination score.



Echocardiogram showing mitral regurgitation



ECG showing paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia



Albert wearing a Holter monitor for monitoring ventricular tachycardia