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Treatment for heart disease

A look at bypass surgery

Coronary bypass surgery have been considered a routine operation for more than 30 years. In South Africa, approximately 8 400 coronary bypass operations are performed per year.

Pacemakers set the pace

When things go wrong with your heart's natural pacemaker, the tempo of your heartbeat can be corrected by a nifty device known as a pacemaker.

Should you be on statins?

Statins have an amazing track record. Hundreds of thousands of South Africans take them every day to stave off heart attacks and strokes.

Gallery: heart bypass surgery

Every year, more than 8 000 heart bypass operations are performed in South Africa. Here are the pictures of one of them.

A routine miracle

Around 23 bypass operations take place in South Africa every day – here’s what to expect, courtesy of the Heart Magazine.

Angioplasty and stenting

In an angioplasty, the interventional cardiologist inflates a small balloon inside a blood vessel narrowed by atherosclerosis.

Catheter ablation

Catheter ablation is a procedure which has been developed over the past few years to treat and in many cases, cure, problems with the conducting system of the heart.

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