Professor Nick Curzen presented new groundbreaking research to show that a single non-invasive test may in the future provide a safe 'one-stop' way to rule out any significant narrowing in the arteries that supply the heart (click here for more information). This was presented at a hot line session at a major international meeting (Euro PCR) in Paris on May 19 2015.
On 11 June 2014 a British Cardiovascular Society response, by Dr Iain Simpson (President of the British Cardiovascular Society), to an open letter concerning NICE draft guidance on statins was published on the BCS website. To read this important statement click here.
Following the release of the results of a large trial in the USA (HTN-3) renal denervation has been suspended in the UK for the time being. The trial suggested that reductions in blood pressure may simply be a placebo effect. As a result the joint British Societies have released a statement recommending a moratorium on all procedures, unless done as part of a trial. This position may well change in the future but for now we are unable to offer this procedure.
Dr Andrew Flett who specialises in heart failure joined Wessex Cardiology on October 1st 2013. In addition to his specialist expertise in heart failure he is experienced in insertion of complex devices (pacemakers, biventricular pacemakers and defibrillators) and cardiac MRI scanning.
Professor Curzen presented his RIPCORD trial at one of the late breaking trial sessions at the European annual meeting for interventional cardiologists (Euro PCR, Paris 2013). The study showed that in up to 26% of cases interpretation of the angiogram and subsequent management was changed by the use of the pressure wire technique. A larger trial is being planned. See: http://www.theheart.org/article/1542927.do
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Professor Nicholas Curzen and Dr James Wilkinson are organising Basic Cardiovascular Intervention (BCI) a course for trainees wishing to do PCI. It will involve lectures from experts in PCI, angio reviews, lives cases and the chance to use the latest PCI simulators. More information can be found on our website or by contacting Millbrook conferences
In conjunction with Physiological Measurements and with support form Philips Dr Rakhit, a renowned teacher of echo, is hosting two echo courses in May 2013. These will be useful for anyone wanting to acquire BSE accreditation. For further information see our website.
Professor Huon Gray announced as Department of Health National Clinical Director for Cardiac Disease on 13 March 2013, see: http://bit.ly/YkB5Hc
Dr James Wilkinson successfully completed the first two successful procedures to treat patients with resistant hypertension (high blood pressure that cannot be controlled with tablets) at Southampton General Hospital today. The procedure is called Renal Denervation (RDN) and involves using radio-frequency to burn nerves in the arteries supplying the kidney to treat high blood pressure. Dr Iain Simpson and Prof Huon Gray are heavily involved with this programme and will be doing this procedure.
The British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference 2013 in London will be heavily supported by Wessex Cardiology partners who will be contributing to the educational programme. Check out the details at http://www.bcs.com
Professor Huon Gray was appointed as the Interim National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease on 1 March 2012.
Dr Simon Corbett was on the NICE advisory panel that developed the NICE guidance on "Hyperglycaemia in acute coronary syndromes". This was officially published in October 2011. These important guidlines advise how to treat patients
Nicholas Curzen has been awarded an Honorary Chair at the University of Southampton for his research in interventional cardiology, which includes everything from trials with patients to basic science research.
Dr Alison Calver joins the Council of the British Cardiovascular Society
Dr Iain Simpson, one of the founding members of Wessex Cardiology LLP is to become the next President of the British Cardiovascular Society He will be in an elect position for a year and take over a 3 year role as President from June 2012
Professor Nicholas Curzen becomes Honorary Secretary of BCIS (British Cardiovascular Intervention Society), which is the main UK body representing Cardiologists who do intervention such as stent
A dedicated website for patients, from the American College of Cardiology
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