Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals have recently launched a new integrated service for patients with cardiovascular disease. The service enables patients to be treated for circulation problems, both in the heart and the peripheral blood vessels, in the same place by a team of multidisciplinary specialists.
Professor Nick Cheshire, a vascular surgeon who has been hired to develop the service said: “Many patients who need heart services also have problems elsewhere in the circulation. Similarly, patients with vascular disease frequently need the attention of a cardiologist or cardiac surgeon. Around the world, the leading centres have begun to recognise this by bringing teams together. It provides a much more patient-centred service.”
One of the first private patients to be treated by this jointly-run unit was very pleased with the service. He said: “A routine scan of my heart found that I needed a triple heart bypass before my aneurysm could be treated. Thankfully my surgeon, Mr Ulrich Rosendahl, insisted on bringing in Professor Cheshire for the second procedure who is an expert in this area. Throughout my entire journey, the two surgeons showed such compassion and nothing was too much trouble, it was a pleasure to see.”
“I have always enjoyed life but before my surgery, even the most simple of tasks was becoming more and more difficult. Since then I have been back spending time doing what I love; running around after my 20 grandchildren. The treatment offered by the team at the Royal Brompton has been nothing short of life changing.”
New treatments provided as part of vascular service include:
- Surgery and stent procedures can unblock the ‘carotid’ arteries (the main blood vessels that supply the head and neck) and prevent stroke.
- Keyhole stents and open surgery can treat aortic aneurysms in the chest and abdomen (an aneurysm is a condition where the main blood vessel that leads away from the heart becomes weakened and swollen).
- Treatment of varicose veins and venous leg ulcers (includes sclerotherapy, laser therapy, radiofrequency ablation and surgery).
Head of vascular surgery