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Case studies & testimonials

Patients come to me with a range of cardiovascular problems, such as chest pain, angina, palpitations, breathlessness or blackouts. Here’s a few of their stories.

 

Antoinette’s story Beryl’s story Melanie’s story Testimonials

Antoinette’s story

Antoinette had suffered a recent collapse and was concerned about the cause. After some investigations, a diagnosis of ‘bradycardia’ was made via a LINQ recorder.  We then went onto fit a pacemaker.

Meeting Antoinette & initial tests

Antoinette first came to see me two years ago. She had recently collapsed and was concerned about the cause of this. She remembered having similar collapsing episodes previously.

We carried out an ECG, echo and 24 hour tape initally.  All were reassuringly normal.

Further tests and investigations

As we still hadn’t identified the cause of Antoinette’s episodes, I wanted a way of monitoring her heart over a more prolonged period of time, so we implanted a LINQ recorder. This is a small device that is implanted under the skin. It’s a quick and simple procedure, and allows us to monitor our patients remotely at all times.

Dr Matthew Kahn, consultant cardiologist with echo, or echocardiogram, machine.
Close-up of an implantable LINQ recorder, a device that monitors heart conditions.

LINQ recorder & diagnosis

Around 18 months later, Antoinette had another collapse. We were able to ‘interrogate’ the LINQ recorder and it clearly showed an episode of ‘bradycardia’. This means that her heart had slowed down significantly. I contacted Antoinette straight away to make sure she was okay.

Fitting a dual chamber pacemaker

We went over the diagnosis and I explained that we could treat her condition by fitting a dual chamber pacemaker. I was able to complete this procedure for her at BMI The Alexandra within a week, and she was able to go home on the day of the procedure.

Antoinette has made a fantastic recovery and has had no more collapses.

Close-up of an implantable LINQ recorder, a device that monitors heart conditions.

If you’re concerned about symptoms you’re experiencing or would like more advice, please get in touch. We’re available to offer advice and for telephone consultations.

 

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Beryl's story

“Dr Kahn and the Cardiology team at Spire Manchester Hospital literally saved my life: I can’t thank them enough!”

Beryl’s story

Beryl first started to feel poorly whilst on holiday. She was experiencing breathlessness, indigestion and a loss of appetite. Up until this point she’d been in great health and had no known heart issues, and as her symptoms were not life threatening, she decided to wait until she was back home to seek medical attention.

Beryl said: “It wasn’t until a couple of months later, when I was having a routine ECG, ahead of my breast uplift surgery, that I was found to have a very high heart rate and severe left ventricular impairment which is a weakness of your heart’s main pumping chamber. I was diagnosed with severe heart failure. I now understood why I had been feeling so awful.”

Dr Kahn smiling with patient who was treated for heart failure with a biventricular pacemaker at Spire Manchester.
Spire Manchester Hospital where Beryl was treated by the cardiology team.

Outstanding care

Beryl said, “I wasn’t aware of the signs of heart failure until I was diagnosed, and I would urge anyone experiencing breathlessness, pain and pressure in the chest, loss of appetite and excess fluid to see their GP or a cardiologist.”

“The care I received at Spire Manchester Hospital was outstanding – I went from a dark place to seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t thank everyone enough – Dr Kahn, Jane and Steph, the cardiac nurses, and the critical care team were all fantastic and kept my spirits high!”

2 years later – travelling and enjoying life

“My pacemaker has given me back my life – I’m now able to travel again and enjoy quality time with my husband, daughters and grand-children.”

Beryl, 67, from Stalybridge had a biventricular pacemaker fitted at Spire Manchester Hospital, following her heart failure diagnosis, and has been under the care of Dr Matthew Kahn and the cardiology team for almost two years.

This type of advanced pacemaker device 're-synchronises' the failing heart. It offers prognostic and symptomatic benefit and Beryl continues to do extremely well with it. The pacemaker also allows the cardiology team at Spire to monitor her without her having to attend hospital consultations. This allows Matt to keep a close eye on Beryl's heart failure long term.

Cardiologists, doctors and nurses who carried out the first-ever complex pacemaker implantation at Spire Manchester

If you are concerned about the health of your heart, or have any questions about the services we offer, get in touch.

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Melanie’s story

Melanie experienced a cardiac arrest and was rushed into hospital. After having an ICD fitted, she is now doing well and enjoying everyday life again.

Melanie’s emergency

Melanie experienced a cardiac arrest and was rushed straight to hospital. Her heart had gone into a fast, life threatening electrical disturbance and she needed to receive a controlled electric shock to get it restarted again.

Tests and investigations

We performed a variety of investigations including an echo, some prolonged monitoring, a diagnostic coronary angiogram, and a cardiac MRI scan.

Dr Matthew Kahn, consultant cardiologist with echo, or echocardiogram, machine.
Close-up image of a Medtronic implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD).

ICD heart monitor fitted

Melanie was obviously at risk of having this rhythm disturbance again and so we decided to implant an ICD (implantable cardiac defibrillator). This is a device that constantly monitors the heart for dangerous disturbances to its rhythm. If it detects a problem, the ICD immediately delivers a controlled electric shock to the heart to correct the rhythm.

Back to work and doing well

Melanie has made a fantastic recovery and has had no more collapses. She’s back at work and enjoys exercising regularly.

Cardiology team at a Manchester or Cheshire private hospital smile in front of cardiac equipment.

If you are concerned about the health of your heart, or have any questions about the services we offer, get in touch.

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