To celebrate Heart Month 2023, a leading consultant cardiologist from Cleveland Clinic London has delivered insights on how Cleveland Clinic’s distinctive medical model has been successfully implemented to deliver a world -class cardiology programme in the heart of London.
Chair of cardiology at Cleveland Clinic London, Professor Bernard Prendergast, explains how the Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute – made up of London’s most prominent heart specialists – is treating complex heart conditions in state-of-the-art facilities.
Professor Prendergast comments: “Cleveland Clinic has been ranked number one for heart care in the U.S. for 28 years running, and now only nine months since Cleveland Clinic London opened its doors to patients, our Institute is offering an exceptional model of care in London.”
“Whether that is running one of the most comprehensive transcatheter valve programmes in UK private care, or offering world-leading expertise in sports cardiology, our elite team of cardiologists provides care for a wide range of common and complex heart conditions. This includes treatment for coronary artery disease, valve and structural heart disease, heart failure and arrhythmias with innovative, evidence-based therapies.”
“We also have clinicians developing techniques for robotic percutaneous coronary interventions, laser extraction of pacemaker leads and laser coronary angioplasty. These sophisticated, minimally invasive treatments will help many patients recover faster with less pain, and allow them access to the latest advances in heart care.”
Cleveland Clinic London brings together a multidisciplinary team comprising the UK’s most prominent cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, including pioneers in transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), which treats aortic stenosis through a tiny groin incision, and minimal access endoscopic mitral valve surgery. Alongside them is a first-class team of electrophysiologists that includes some of the UK’s leading arrhythmia experts, whose world-renowned research carried out alongside their NHS work has helped the development of newer, more effective treatments for heart rhythm disorders.
This team is complemented by Professor Sanjay Sharma, an internationally lauded sports cardiologist who has pioneered this emerging field of cardiac care, making Cleveland Clinic London uniquely qualified to care for elite and recreational athletes with heart rhythm disorders.
Professor Prendergast added: “The Cleveland Clinic was established over one hundred years ago, and the principles of education, research and innovation were paramount from the beginning. Here at Cleveland Clinic London, we are able to preserve and build upon those values. Our team is currently planning programmes for robotic percutaneous coronary interventions, laser extraction of pacemaker leads and laser coronary angioplasty. These sophisticated, minimally invasive treatments will allow patients to recover faster with less pain, and enable them to benefit from the latest advances in heart care.”
Cleveland Clinic London is one of the few private cardiac centres in the UK to have a 24/7 consultant cardiologist on call rota. The state-of-the-art facility includes a cardiac hybrid operating theatre that combines the latest advances in imaging, interventional and surgical technology to deliver the most complex treatments (such as combined coronary revascularisation and valve interventions) in a single sitting using less invasive techniques.
As part of one of the world’s top hospital systems, Cleveland Clinic London works closely with its US colleagues at the Lerner Research Institute, which is at the forefront of advanced techniques and biological discovery. At patient level, Cleveland Clinic London offers a doctor-led model of care that is innovative, empathetic and based on research and education whilst bringing together cardiologists and cardiac surgeons who have in-depth knowledge of the latest cardiothoracic therapies, conduct research, lecture at prestigious institutions and train their colleagues in the most advanced procedures.
For full details on Cleveland Clinic London’s cardiovascular offerings, visit: https://clevelandcliniclondon.uk/clinical-institutes/heart-vascular-thoracic