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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cardiothoracic Services

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Cardiology Ward

The majority of patients in the Cardiology Ward have some degree of coronary artery disease, and most undergo coronary angiography and intervention at some point during their stay.

Patients may also undergo other cardiac investigations including:

  • transthoracic echocardiogram, during which a device called a transducer is passed over the skin recording sound wave echoes which are converted into moving images on a screen
  • transoesophageal echocardiogram, in which the patient swallows the transducer inside a flexible tube which is guided into the oesophagus
  • exercise tolerance tests (ETT)
  • cardiac nuclear studies
  • cardiac MRI.

Some patients require interventions including:

radio frequency ablation, a procedure where catheters are placed inside the heart and a map of electrical activity is charted. When the source of an abnormality is found, high-energy radio waves are used to remove the tissue.

Some of our patients have very complex clinical histories, including congenital heart problems or previous aortic valve replacement. As a result, some are suffering from heart failure and endocarditis, requiring further surgery and long term antibiotics. They might be with us for weeks or months, meaning that there is always a variety of patients on the ward, men and women, young and old, short and long stay.

Find us and contact us

The Cardiology Ward is at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Tel: 01865 572671

For maps of the hospital, information about transport and parking and contact details, please use the link below.

How to find the John Radcliffe Hospital

Senior nursing staff