Cardiovascular Clinic

Who is the clinic for?

Anyone who is registered as a patient with the surgery and has a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease (i.e. angina, heart attack, stroke or peripheral vascular disease).

What is the purpose of the clinic?

The clinic performs health checks and offers lifestyle advice to patients who suffer from heart or arterial diseases.

Who runs the clinic?

Nurse Sue Buckingham runs the clinic.

How do I make an appointment?

We will write to you when it is time for your review with full guidance on what to do.

Frequently asked questions

Should I limit my physical activity?

Most people with heart disease do not need to restrict their physical activity. There is no reason why you should not enjoy activities like swimming, cycling, tennis or dancing. For people with certain specific conditions, the cardiologist might advise against intense physical activities such as competitive or contact sports. However, at least 30 minutes of walking or other such physical activity a day is recommended.

Is it important to follow a healthy lifestyle?

Yes. The major risk factors for developing complications from coronary heart disease are:

  • Smoking
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diabetes

A ‘risk factor’ is something that increases your risk of developing complications related to coronary heart disease.

You can reduce your risk by:

  • Stopping smoking if you are a smoker
  • Controlling high blood pressure
  • Eating a healthy diet and controlling your blood cholesterol
  • Taking at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, such as brisk walking, cycling or swimming
  • Controlling your weight

What is angina?

Chest pain has many causes. It may be caused by inflammation in the lung lining, a rib problem, nerve compression or even anxiety. When it has been caused by a lack of oxygen reaching the heart muscle, it is called angina. Angina is often accompanied by breathlessness, sweating, chest tightness or a choking feeling, and is usually worse during exercise. The pain can move to the neck, throat, jaw or arms.

Most angina is due to coronary heart disease, when the heart arteries become furred up with fatty deposits through a process called atherosclerosis. Angina affects about 1 in 50 people. It can often be controlled with a combination of medication and lifestyle change.

What is my cholesterol level?

High cholesterol levels are an important contributor to development of coronary artery disease. The most effective way to lower them is by taking a statin drug. There are other drugs that can also be used to lower cholesterol levels, as well as dietary measures.

What is my blood pressure and how often should I have it checked?

High blood pressure is another important risk factor for coronary artery disease that can be modified with the right treatment. As a rule of thumb, only half of people with high blood pressure have it checked, only half of those people receive treatment and only half of those people receive effective treatment, which amounts to only an eighth of those with the problem.

What is my blood glucose level? Was it checked while fasting?

Diabetes is a very important cause of coronary artery disease. It is best detected by a fasting blood glucose test in which you fast overnight and have a blood test in the morning.

What medication will I need?

Large clinical trials have demonstrated that patients who are proven to have coronary artery disease have a better prognosis if they take each of these four drugs: aspirin, a statin, an ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitor and a beta-blocker.

Useful Links

The British Heart Foundation