Cardiology

The Cardiology Department, situated on Level 6 near the main entrance, forms a key part of the Cardiothoracic service provision at Derriford Hospital and provides for the people of Plymouth and for the whole of the South West Peninsula.

Using some of the latest technology and advanced techniques, the Cardiology Department at Derriford is responsible for carrying out a wide range of diagnostic tests and complex treatments on people with Cardiac disease and other Heart problems. We serve both loal and regional population for the whole of Peninsula.

The Cardiology Team are comprised of Cardiology Consultants (Cardiologists), junior doctors, nursing staff  and specialist Cardiac Physiologists.

Cardiologist (Speciality)

Adult Congenital Heart conditions, Cardiac Imaging

Coronary Heart Disease, Angioplasty, Coronary Stenting, Rotablation (PCI) and TAVI programme

Complex Devices and Heart Failure

Treatments for Heart Rhythm abnormalities (Electrophysiology and Ablation),Complex Pacing and ICDs, Coronary angiography and stent insertion (PCI)

Heart Failure and Cardiac Imaging

Coronary Heart Disease, Angioplasty, Coronary Stenting

Pacing and complex Cardiac Imaging techniques

Coronary Heart Disease, Angioplasty, Coronary Stenting

Coronary Heart Disease, Angioplasty, Coronary Stenting and Rotablation (PCI), CTO

Complex Devices and Heart Failure

  • Dr Andrea Solcanova (Locum)

General Cardiology

Coronary Heart Disease, Angioplasty, Coronary Stenting and the TAVI programme.

Treatments for Heart Rhythm abnormalities (Electrophysiology and Ablation),Complex Pacing and ICDs

  • Dr Amit Taneja (Locum)

General Cardiology

Coronary Heart Disease, Angioplasty, Coronary Stenting and Rotablation (PCI), CTO

 

Cardiology Services Available (number of procedures per year)
- 24/7  Primary PCI (urgent investigation and treatment to unblock coronary arteries) (average of   210 per year)
- Routine ECGs (over 40,000)
- Ambulatory ECG and BP monitors (over 3500 )
- Routine Echocardiograms (Ultrasound Scans) (over 6,000)
- Complex Echocardiograms (TOEs, DSEs and 3D scans) (over 1000)
- Exercise Treadmill Tests (ETT) (over 500)
- Coronary Angiograms (over 2000)
- Pacemaker Implants (over 400)
- Implantable Defibrillator implants (ICDs) (approx 50) 
- Biventricular pacemakers ( approx. 150)  
- Lead extraction (25 per year) 
- Complex Electrophysiology (EPS) / Ablations (approx 300)
- Angioplasty / Coronary Stenting (PCIs) (over 1000)
- Complex CTO PCI stent procedure  (over 50 per year)
- Optical coherence imaging (over 50 per year)
- Intra vascular ultrasound imaging (over 60 per year)
- Tanscatheter aortic valve implantation  TAVI  (over 200 per year)
 

Other Cardiology Services include:
- Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic (RACPC)
- Treatment for Adult Congenital Heart Defects (GUCH)
- Treatment for Heart Failure (CHF)
- Investigation and treatment of blackouts (Syncope)
- Pacemaker and ICD follow-up
- Direct current Cardioversions 

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