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New cardiac service launched at George Eliot Hospital

Cardiology Pacemaker Jan 2019

The introduction of a new pacemaker service at George Eliot Hospital means that patients from Nuneaton and surrounding area can now have their pacemakers for heart failure implanted at the hospital.

Patients who are also considered to be high risk of sudden cardiac death can have their potentially life-saving cardiac device locally, rather than traveling to a hospital further away.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) recognise life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances in people who are at risk of cardiac arrest and provide electric pulses or shocks to get the heart rhythm back to normal thereby potentially saving someone’s life. Some of these devices (biventricular pacemakers) are also designed to improve the function of the heart to improve breathing and quality of life. 

A Cardioverter Defibrillator can act as fast as 10 secs to restore a normal rhythm from a potentially life threatening heart rhythm. The device is fitted under local anaesthetic and fits just under the skin with wires leading to the heart. It is just a little bigger than a matchbox and only needs its battery changed every 8-10 years on average. 

Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Fraz Umar said: “It is great news that we can now offer Biventricular pacemakers and defibrillators here at the George Eliot Hospital.

“We are delighted that local patients can have these fitted without a trip further afield.”

Local Nuneaton Resident Keith Payne was the first patient to receive this life saving device at the hospital.

Keith said: “I had my op at 9.30 in the morning and went home later the same day.”

“The doctors and nurses were all brilliant, putting me at ease before the surgery. I hope that others now benefit from this new service.”

George Eliot Hospital’s Cardiology team provides a comprehensive cardiac service to local people. They manage in-patient care on a 12-bed Coronary Care Unit and also a 16 Bed Cardiology medical ward. The team includes specialist consultants and specialist nurses who look after heart attack patients, heart failure patients, provide cardiac rehabilitation and look after patients with arrhythmia conditions. The team also runs a range of consultant-led clinics. The team also provides pacemaker implantation as well as now offering this new service.

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