The Heartscan Blog.

Cardiac and heart disease news and features from VCL's expert team.

Time to air audits of our CT service.

Posted on Monday September 18, 2023 in News

At VCL HeartscanDirect we  simply want to be the best, and in order to prove it, we collect data, lots of it- in fact we collect over 200 variables for every scan that we undertake to ensure that our service remains ‘cutting edge’ and that we are providing the very best diagnostic service at the lowest possible radiation dose. Here is a summary of our results.

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New Service set to speed up MRI scans for Heart Patients with Pacemakers

Posted on Wednesday February 8, 2023 in News, Press releases

People with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators will now be able to access a new high quality MRI scanning service launched today by VCL, the specialist imaging company based at The Surrey Research Park.

The ‘magnetic challenges’ that arise for these patients during scanning can only be addressed by exceptionally highly skilled radiographers and technicians, that VCL is now able to provide. Read the full article for more information.

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Heart disease and Covid: A toxic mix!

Posted on Monday March 22, 2021 in Features, News

Sadly during the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a significant increase in deaths from heart disease. The British Heart Foundation have reported that during the first wave of the pandemic there were nearly an additional 5000 deaths from heart disease in England.

This increase in deaths is likely to have occurred for a number of reasons. Direct access to healthcare has been reduced due to the challenges posed by the emergence of a highly contagious, novel infectious disease. Individuals are also likely to have changed their behaviour and put off seeking health advice due to a fear of putting pressure on vital healthcare services. Moreover, the recognition amongst the general public and healthcare professionals alike, of the risk of contracting Covid-19 in a hospital setting, will also have reduced the number of patients seeking advice for potentially life-threatening conditions.

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