At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 96
Revolutionary new breakthroughs in medicine are raising
the game in the treatment of heart disease in the UK
eart disease is one of the
biggest killers across the world.
With the latest technology,
screening can unearth hidden
heart concerns before they become a
problem. Identifying symptoms early
and getting the appropriate treatment
can prevent serious problems from
becoming life-threatening. Cardiac
symptoms can vary according to the
underlying condition and the heart
itself can develop a variety of problems.
Here, Dr Sukhjinder Nijjer, a consultant
cardiologist who works in some of
London's most prestigious teaching
hospitals, gives his views on the latest
developments in heart surgery and gives
tips on how to protect this vital organ.
The heart is a pump that supplies the
entire body with blood, but it also
needs its own supply, too. Narrowing
of the arteries by a disease called
atherosclerosis can cause angina.
Dr Nijjer says: 'This can cause a feeling
of chest discomfort when exercising
or walking. It may not be a pain but
a feeling of pressure.'
Dr Nijjer explains that the methods to
explore this disease have changed.
'Advances in CT scanning technology
means for many patients a painless and
quick scan will accurately show any
narrowings in the arteries,' he says. 'If
we do find a blockage, many patients
can be helped by medicines or by
having an angioplasty, where a stent is
placed inside the artery to open it.'
Dr Nijjer is an international expert in
using measurements of coronary artery
blood flow to best target the arteries
that need stenting or angioplasty.
'Before these techniques, patients may
have received a stent but not felt any
better,' he says. 'Now, using specialised