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Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital Departments

Cardiology Unit

Head: -currently unspecified-

The division of Cardiology is a large busy unit treating approximately 15000 outpatients and 4000 inpatients annually. The spectrum of pathology is vast covering congenital, ischaemic, valvular and hypertensive heart disease. A section of electrophysiology has been developed with the capability of doing diagnostic EPS studies, conventional and biventricular pacing and implantation of ICD's. Interventional procedures including angioplasty, stents and mitral balloon valvuloplasties are routine. The unit has a strong echocardiography capability with state of the art equipment to perform transthoracic and transesophageal studies.

Teaching and training forms a large component of the cardiology units work both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Cardiac training is provided to foreign to foreign doctors from elsewhere in Africa so that they may take valuable skills back home.

The cardiology units work both at prides itself on its research achievement. Numerous presentations and publications are held at international meetings and in prestigious peer review journals, predominantly in the fields of valvular disease, heart failure and hypertension.

In summary, the CARDIAC UNIT is dedicated to providing good clinical care, teaching and relevant basic science and clinical research.

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