Byron Cardiology Unit at Whipps Cross University Hospital received special heart monitoring equipment that can help to improve people’s quality of life from local community GP Dr Abdul Sheikh and Waltham Forest Muslim Burial Trust.
Doctor gives Whipps gift from the heart
The portable monitors which follow heart rhythm continuously for up to seven days are worn by cardiology patients suffering from symptoms such as palpitations and black outs and allows the unit to gather accurate readings after this period for analysis.
Maria Arrow, Senior Chief Cardiac Physiologist, said: “There is a lot of demand for this type of equipment in the unit with a long waiting list. Now we have more monitors we can see many more patients.”
Byron Cardiology Unit specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of Ischaemic heart disease, Arrythmias, Heart failure, Hypertension, Valvular heart disease and Congential heart disease. It provides a variety of services such as consultations with cardiologists, heart failure service, cardiac rehabilitation and Myocardial Persion Scan to the local community.
Dr Sheik said: “The Muslim community have donated funds for specialist equipment to various departments at Whipps Cross, particularly for the Cardiology and Diabetes units.
“Along with my colleagues from the Waltham Forest Muslim Burial Trust, I will continue to donate vital equipment to the hospital in the future.”
The combined fundraising efforts managed to raise £4000 to secure the heart monitors and will allow the unit to treat patients more effectively and in a timely manner.