About Life Healthcare cardiac services
Life Healthcare has 13 dedicated cardiac units across the country, offering a breadth of specialities and world-class care in the healthy functioning of the cardiovascular system. We offer a range of state-of-the-art cardiac services and our renowned cardiologists provide treatment for various cardiovascular conditions, including surgery and care relating to cardiac (heart), cardio-thoracic (heart and lungs) and vascular (blood vessels) conditions.
What cardiac services do we offer?
The following cardiac services are available at Life Healthcare hospitals:
- Cardiac health awareness programmes
This includes the provision of educational materials surrounding the prevention, management and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
- Care following a heart attack or other cardiac failure
Recovery can be challenging. Our treatment and care may include in-hospital treatment and guidance on lifestyle changes.
Diagnostic tests for which X-ray imaging is utilised to identify blockages in blood vessels.
- Cardiac catheterisation procedures
Cardiac catheterisation procedures include tests used to diagnose and treat certain cardiovascular conditions (e.g. angioplasty and implantation of a stent).
- Coronary artery bypass
This surgery redirects blood around a blocked artery to improve blood flow. It is recommended by a specialist for people who have severe coronary heart disease and require improved blood flow.
- Artificial heart valve implantation
Artificial heart valve implantation is performed on patients who have damaged or diseased valves that may need repair or replacement.
- Heart transplant
A surgical procedure required in the treatment of a diseased or failing heart. Specialists replace the failing organ with a healthy heart obtained from a donor.
- Lung transplant
A surgical procedure required in the treatment of diseased or failing lungs. Specialists replace the failing organ with a healthy lung obtained from a donor.
- Direct current cardioversions
As advised by a specialist for patients who experience irregular heartbeat, this procedure involves electric shocks to treat irregular heartbeat.
- Pacemaker implantation
As advised by your specialist, this procedure involves placing a small electronic device into your chest to help regulate your heartbeat.
- Cardiac electrophysiology
A diagnostic test used to detect electrical issues in your heart, including an abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia).
- Catheter ablation of arrhythmias
A procedure used in the treatment of arrhythmia. This involves insertion of a catheter into a blood vessel to reach an area causing arrhythmia, and then destroys those cells to help restore a regular heartbeat.
- Cardiac defibrillator implantation
This procedure involves placing a small electronic device, similar to a pacemaker, in the chest to regulate the heartbeat. It can also help prevent your heart from going into cardiac arrest by delivering high-level electrical shocks.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair with covered stent
A surgical procedure used to repair the damage done following an aneurysm (an enlarged blood vessel).
- Femoral bypass
Surgery performed to treat any diseased arteries below or above the knee.
- Thrombectomies: vena and carotid
A surgical procedure that involves removing a clot from an artery.
- Vascular surgery
Surgery required for the treatment of conditions of the arteries, veins and lymphatic system (e.g. artery and aortic disease).
- 24-hour emergency unit
- Cardiac catheterisation laboratories
- Cardiac ICU
- Cardiac theatre
- Radiology unit and/or CT scanner and/or MRI
Hospitals offering this service
Our cardiac services are available in hospitals across six provinces, namely the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape. Download our overview of facilities and services to find a hospital near you.
Whatever you need, our cardiac specialists are here to help and guide you on your road to recovery.