Throughout the week, the hospital’s cardiac teams will be spreading the word about the importance of recognising symptoms and offering City workers a free diagnostic test at its specialist outpatient centre at 31Old Broad Street.
Says Dr Richard Schilling, Consultant Cardiologist at London Bridge Hospital and St Bartholomew's & The Royal London Hospital, “Arrhythmia is one of the top 10 reasons for emergency admission to hospital. A lot of these admissions could be avoided if people were more aware of their symptoms and took a simple echo test to diagnose the condition.”
The tests are being offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis to anyone who has unexplained light-headedness, fainting or has a family history of heart disease. In the event that Arrhythmia is discovered, the hospital will be able to advise patients how to go on to get medical help.
Patient leaflets and posters have been produced for GP practises in the area and the awareness campaign will also include posters on the London Underground and stands on mainline stations.
London Bridge Hospital is part of London’s leading private hospital group and has an award-winning cardiac unit. More than 6000 cardiac patients are treated every year at the hospital and also through its purpose-built outpatient centre in Old Broad Street.
Says London Bridge CEO, John Reay, “The majority of our patients are working in the City and they are generally young, fit and well-educated about healthy lifestyles. They may not think they are at risk of heart disease. The purpose of City Heart Week is to build awareness of heart conditions that are more relevant to our City workers.”
GPs requiring posters or information can call London Bridge Hospital on: 020 7234 2361. Alternatively visit our website www.cityheartweek.co.uk .