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Cardiology

A comprehensive patient referral service for the work-up, diagnosis, treatment & management of cardiorespiratory diseases.

PARAGON REFERRALS offer a truly multi-disciplinary setting as internal medicine, oncology, soft tissue surgery and anaesthesiology all compliment cardiology and allows for a rapid and fully comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and management plan for cases, all under one roof. Our cardiologists work closely with the internal medics and neurologists in assessing cardiac causes for fever of unknown origin, lethargy, exercise intolerance and collapse. As cardiologists, we also support other disciplines in managing their cases by offering pre- anaesthetic and chemotherapy monitoring echo scans and anaesthetic plans for cases which have concurrent cardiac disease.

Why refer to Paragon for Cardiology?

The cardiology team are friendly, approachable, caring and efficient at dealing with all cases they see. This extends to the aftercare and ongoing management of your cases by offering ongoing support to the referring practices and client when the cases are discharged. We believe in the value perceived by your clients in using a multidisciplinary hospital such as ours over other services, as this allows rapid and efficient way to diagnose and treat the patients under your care.

We have over 60 years combined experience in cardiology and have a wide support network of cardiologists within the UK to draw on with the more challenging cases and interventional procedures. We have the expertise in diagnosing and managing complex cases such as pulmonary hypertension, chronic airway disease, congenital disease, refractory heart failure, and pericardial effusions. We also have Holter monitor for investigations of episodic collapse/ weakness cases and arrhythmias.

As small airway disease is common with dogs that have concurrent cardiac disease, we also offer a fully comprehensive service for RESPIRATORY WORKUPS to investigation of chronic cough using fluoroscopy for dynamic airway collapse, swallowing disorders/pharyngeal disease, video bronchoscopy, bronchoalveolar lavage, rhinoscopy, biopsy and advanced imaging ( CT, MRI). We also offer:

We can now place tracheal stents now for severe tracheal collapse.

Radiography and ECG advice service free of charge.

Direct claims for insured clients.

Our facilities include:

  • On site haematology, biochemistry and electrolytes, EPOC machine for onsite coagulation and ionized calcium, blood gases
  • Both direct and indirect Doppler and oscillometric blood pressure monitoring
  • 6- lead ECG
  • Multiparameter Mindray monitoring machines
  • Pulse oximetry and capnography
  • Digital radiography
  • Echocardiography (including colour Doppler, Pulse wave Doppler, continuous wave Doppler and Tissue Doppler)
  • Bubble studies for right to left shunting congenital heart disease
  • Holter monitoring service with comfortable Holter vests
  • Fluoroscopy to assess for dynamic tracheal and bronchial collapse
  • CT and MRI for more complex cardiac and respiratory diseases
  • IV fluid pumps, syringe drivers for CRI infusions
  • Piped oxygen throughout the hospital and within the wards with incubator, oxygen cages and nasal oxygen prongs for the larger patients
  • Suction devices
  • Ventilator
  • Defibrillator
  • Artificial external temporary pacing for more tricky anaesthetic cases that develop an arrhythmia during anaesthetics

These facilities are further supported by a dedicated ICU ward with round-the-clock onsite ICU ward nurses and qualified night vets. We have specialists in emergency and critical care and anaesthetist on hand to support the more critical cases.

We also boast separate dog and cat wards with environmental temperature control and hide outs to support the more nervous cats during their stay.

We accept referrals in many aspects of cardiology including:

  • congenital heart disease, acquired valvular heart disease and cardiomyopathies
  • asymptomatic heart murmurs
  • treatment of pericardial disease
  • exercise intolerance and collapsing patients
  • diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias (ECG, Holter monitoring, and event recording)
  • congestive heart failure including emergency management of acute failure
  • cardiac failure refractory to routine medications
  • treatment of feline aortic thromboembolism
  • examination for breed club heart testing schemes
  • thoracic radiograph and ECG reporting service.

Fancy a chat before you refer? Fill in one of our advice forms and we will be in touch 

Case advice

We welcome calls if you require pre-referral advice about a patient, even if no referral follows. Call us on 01924 908333

Case referral

If you would like to refer a case, you can refer by email, telephone, fax or post but the quickest way is to complete our online referral form by clicking the button below.

If your case is an emergency, urgent or out of hours, please telephone us on 01924 908333

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