News tagged Cardio

Heart unit leads the way with £250k research project

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Heart surgeons at The James Cook University Hospital have been awarded £250,000 to undertake a leading-edge research project. The exciting project will see the cardiothoracic team at the Middlesbrough hospital comparing keyhole surgery to conventional surgery for patients requiring aortic valve replacements – the second most common type of heart operation.

Advanced heart valve procedure helps 100th patient

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More than 100 patients have benefitted from an advanced heart valve replacement procedure at The James Cook University Hospital. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first in the UK to offer the minimally invasive procedure for replacing the aortic valve which is done using much smaller incisions than more traditional methods.

Surgeon performs region’s first VATS thymectomy

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A surgeon at The James Cook University Hospital has performed what is believed to be the region’s first minimally invasive surgery for removing tumours from the thymus gland. The video-assisted technique enables small cancers to be removed using three small incisions in the side of the chest rather than having to cut through the patient’s breastbone.

Heart rhythm week – know the difference, make a difference

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The cardiology department at the Friarage Hospital is hosting an event as part of this year’s heart rhythm week. The event will take place in the hub at the hospital between Monday 3 and Friday 7 June 2013, and will join hundreds of others across the country celebrating heart rhythm week and promoting this year’s theme ‘know the difference, make a difference’. To raise awareness the cardiology department and resuscitation team will be demonstrating basic life support (CPR) and automated cardiac defibrillators in the hub on Tuesday 4 June in the morning and Thursday 6 June in the afternoon.

A hearty sum

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A charity night in memory of popular SSI worker Keith Bowler has raised more than £4,000 for the Cardiothoracic Trust Fund at The James Cook University Hospital. Keith attended the cardiac rehabilitation unit at the Middlesbrough hospital in 2006 and his wife Jan wanted to give something back to the unit to thank the staff for their support.

Heart surgeon named Europe’s top trainer

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When it comes to training heart experts of the future cardiothoracic surgeon Simon Kendall has been named as the best in Europe. Simon, who is based at the heart unit at The James Cook University Hospital, has been awarded the Leonardo Da Vinci Award for Training Excellence 2012 by the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS).

Hospital offers new lung cancer surgery

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Lung cancer patients at The James Cook University Hospital can now have their tumours removed using keyhole surgery. The specialist procedure, known as a VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) lobectomy, is much less invasive than traditional surgery so it can be offered to elderly patients who may previously have been deemed not fit enough for surgery.

Fourth catheter lab open

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has opened its fourth cardiac catheter lab providing state of the art facilities for local heart patients.

An examination room fitted with diagnostic imaging equipment to support the catheterisation procedure, the fourth lab at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough will help ensure patients are treated more quickly and their hospital stay is reduced.

Artistic fundraiser

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A charity arts event has raised more than £2,000 for the South Cleveland Heart Fund.

One of the biggest charity arts events to take place in the region in recent years, The Northern Art Experience was held at The Wynyard Rooms and featured a large-scale exhibition of work by artists from around the North east and beyond.

Radiographer develops new sling for heart patients

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A new sling developed for heart patients at The James Cook University Hospital could soon be used by the NHS across the country or even further afield.

Senior radiographer Sue Best came up with the simple idea to provide comfort for both the patient and clinician during a coronary angiogram – a specialist type of x-ray which finds out detailed information about the heart’s arteries.