News tagged Cardio

Cutting-edge lung cancer procedure is world first

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Like most cancer patients, Graham Smith was very worried about having major surgery to remove the cancer from his right lung, and wanted to make sure he was receiving the most advanced treatment available. As a patient at The James Cook University Hospital, Graham learned about a new surgical procedure the hospital was the first in the world to offer. The cutting-edge technique, called microlobectomy, was pioneered by Joel Dunning, a thoracic surgeon at the hospital, to reduce the invasive nature of the procedure and help patients recover faster from lung cancer surgery.

Middlesbrough Gran is first woman in world to receive new wireless pacemaker

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A Middlesbrough Grandma underwent surgery at The James Cook University Hospital to become the first woman in the world outside a clinical trial to benefit from a new pacemaker. The new WiSE wireless pacemaker, which is the size of a grain of rice, was developed by EBR Systems Inc and is implanted directly into the innermost layer of tissue that lines the left chamber of the heart.

UK first as brave mum undergoes innovative robotic lung surgery

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Gemma Walker was pregnant with her second child when she was told she had a tumour on her lung. But because of the delicate nature of the proposed operation to remove the tumour she was told that her surgery would have to wait until the baby had been born. The 27 year-old, from Darlington, was put under the care of cardiothoracic consultant Joel Dunning who wanted to treat Gemma as quickly and as least invasively as possible with the use of the cutting-edge Da Vinci robot at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

World first as heart patients benefit from rice grain sized pacemaker

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The James Cook University Hospital’s world renowned cardiology unit has become the first to treat heart failure patients using a new wireless pacemaker the size of a grain of RICE.
A handful of seriously ill patients at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough were the first to benefit from the potentially lifesaving new technology, which could revolutionise surgery for heart failure.

Heart scanner appeal reaches £1m target

Posted on in Fundraising, Services, Support groups, The trust

The South Cleveland Heart Fund has reached its £1m target for the upgrade of a MRI scanner, thanks to generous donations from the public. The £1m milestone was reached within 18 months, after a number of kind-hearted people rallied together to raise vital funds for the cause – with events ranging from race nights to a Bollywood extravaganza!

Global first as hospital uses new heart pump

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When Bill Geldart suffered a heart attack and consultants told him it was too risky to give him a heart bypass he feared his options were limited. Bill’s existing lung problems meant surgery was out of the question, or at least it was until interventional cardiologists at The James Cook University Hospital suggested they could perform the procedure using a new device which would keep his heart beating at a normal rhythm during the operation.