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Problems of the Heart in Hertfordshire

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease is defined as diseases of the heart and blood vessels includes conditions such as angina, heart attacks, heart failure, stroke and blood pressure. The incidence of CVD is higher in men than women before the menopause. After menopause, this association no longer exists and the rate is the same for both men and women. CVD increase with age and predominantly affects people over the age of 50 years.

How can Pinehill Hospital help?

We are able to offer an extensive range of services for the diagnosis and treatment of any underlying cardiovascular conditions that may be responsible for your symptoms. Through our cardiology consultants, we are able to arrange:

  • A number of blood tests that predisposes to cardiovascular disease
  • 24-hour blood pressure assessment
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) (assesses the electrical signal of the heart)
  • Exercise treadmill testing (assesses the electrical signal of the heart during exercise)
  • 24-48 hours Holter analysis (monitoring the heart rhythm over 24-48 hours)
  • 1-2 week event recorders (monitoring the heart rhythm for longer periods)
  • Echocardiograms (an ultrasound assessment of the heart to look at the structures and function)
  • Tilt testing (used to investigate patients with frequent collapses whereby the heart rhythm and blood pressure is continuously measured whilst standing at 40-60 degrees)
  • Chest X-ray
  • CT coronary angiography (a high quality x-ray of the heart and the coronary arteries)
  • Cardiac catheterisation (placing a tube from the groin or wrist into the heart for detailed assessment of the blood vessels that supply the heart muscle with oxygen, and to find out how well the chambers and valves of the heart is working.)

The above investigations provide a full range of cardiac diagnostic test that can be used to investigate symptoms and conditions such as chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, dizzy spells, hypertension, angina, heart failure and murmurs. 

'Orwell' is the name of our Cardiothoracic Unit based within the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre at Basildon University Hospital. This world-class cardiothoracic unit also has access to specialist services within the main hospital and outpatient consulting facilities, and is used by some of the best Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeons in the country along with some of the top Consultant Cardiologists. Please call the hospital to ask for more information on 01268 394217 and they will be happy to help. Or look at their web site

How can I see a Consultant? How much is it?

Some of our Consultants on a GP referral letter but we have a few who are happy to see you without a referral from your GP. Please call 01462 427221 to make an appointment. An initial consultation with one of our expert Cardiologist is around £200 and any additional checks and tests will be extra. These can be discussed at your appointment.


Scarborough P, Bhatnagar P, Wickramasinghe K, Smolina K, Mitchell C, Rayner M. Coronary heart disease statistics 2010 edition. British Heart Foundation 2010.