Before the right treatment is decided on, you may be asked to have several different non-invasive diagnostic tests performed at North Devon District Hospital (NDDH). The tests are performed in the Cardio-Respiratory and Radiology departments, both situated on level 2.
Cardio-Respiratory tests may include one or more of the following:
- Transthoracic echocardiography (ECHO)
- Stress echocardiography
- Exercise treadmill tests
- Ambulatory ECG monitoring
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Electrocardiograms (ECG’s)
- Pulmonary function tests (PFT’s)
Radiology tests may include one or more of the following:
- Chest X-ray
- CT angiography
You may be required to have blood tests, which can be performed in the phlebotomy department on level 2, Outpatient area C.
Further detailed information on individual tests can be found on the British Heart Foundation website (BHF)
In addition to cardiologist review, the following teams provide on-going treatment and support:
Led by Sarah Bryant (arrhythmia care coordinator), the service is available to patients who have been diagnosed in a Cardiology clinic as having an irregular heartbeat or abnormal heart rhythm.
- Cardioversion serviceCardioversion is a procedure to try and make your heart return to a normal rhythm by delivery of an electrical charge to the heart. It is normally carried out as a day procedure and is performed under a general anaesthetic. The patient information leaflet provides more detail.
Cardiac rehabilitation team
Please find more information by clicking on the following link.
Pacemaker / Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) follow up service
Led by Christine Pope (Senior Chief Physiologist), this service provides follow up for patients who have had a pacemaker / ICD implanted.
There are a number of different types of pacemaker; which may include one of more of the following:
Please click on one of the above links for information provided by the BHF.
The patient information leaflet provides patients who have recently had a pacemaker implanted; to answer some of the more frequently asked questions.
Heart Failure team
Led by Angie Tithecott (Lead Heart Failure Nurse Specialist), this service is available to patients with heart failure due to left ventricular systolic dysfunction (impaired pumping of the left main heart chamber), confirmed by an echocardiogram (ultrasound heart scan). The patient information leaflet provides more detail.
If you require hospital admission, your care would normally be provided by a team of medical and nursing staff on our 29-bedded cardiology ward, which include 10 telemetry beds, located on Level 4. The nursing team is led by Carly Huish (Ward Manager) with Medical care supervised by one of our Consultant Cardiologists.
Private patient service
Dr Chris Gibbs and Dr Tim Roberts provide private consultations in our outpatient department. Your general practitioner will make a referral on your request.