Visualising the heart with Dr Sanjay Gupta

In episode #42, Paul talks with consultant cardiologist Dr Sanjay Gupta on a subject that he specialises in, cardiac imaging.

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Dr Gupta takes us through the various tools that he uses such as echocardiograms, computerised tomography (CT) scanning and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning.

Dr Gupta explains everything about these techniques that patients need to know and also talks about how future tools may help prevent the main cause of sudden cardiac deaths – heart attacks.

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Presented and edited by Paul Swindell.

Recorded March 2020. 

Question time #1 with Dr Tom Keeble

In episode #40, in the second part of his conversation with Paul talks with LACA regular consultant cardiologist Dr Tom Keeble.

Dr Keeble answers cardiology questions that have been put to him by members of Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK. These include the subjects of beta-blockers, electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium, atherosclerosis (furring of the arteries) and future risk, anti-platelet therapy, super-asperin, ectopics, ICD’s (implant healing and leads).

Available to listen on the link below or Spotify, Apple , Google, YouTube and your favourite podcast player.

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Presented and edited by Paul Swindell.

Recorded April 2020. 

Why a heart attack and cardiac arrest are not equal

In episode #025 Paul talks about why a hearts attack and a cardiac arrests are not equal.

From a physiological point of view the events are quite different, a heart attack is a plumbing problem whereas a cardiac arrest is an electrical one.

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It should be noted that both need immediate medical attention but a cardiac arrest is perhaps the ultimate medical emergency as without immediate intervention the patient will almost certainly die.

Paul talks briefly about the actual events and then lists 10 reasons why they should not be considered equal.

This is not to undermine or denigrate a heart attack, but to help the uninitiated understand what cardiac arrest survivor and their family may be going through.

For the estimated 60% that have both they may be moot points, but for remaining cohort they can make a real difference.

  1. The severities of a heart attack vs the binary nature of a cardiac arrest.
  2. State of consciousness.
  3. The need for resuscitation.
  4. Finding a cause.
  5. The care pathway.
  6. Lifestyle choices.
  7. The psychological aspect.
  8. Brain injury.
  9. Implanted devices.
  10. Insurance.

Available to listen on the link below or Spotify, Apple , Google and your favourite podcast player.

Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson. Recorded November 2019