Cardiology at Luton and Dunstable Hospital


Service Summary

Cardiology offers an inpatient and outpatient service delivered by a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) treating adults with cardiac conditions including ischaemic heart disease, hypertension, heart failure, arrhythmias, structural and valve disease and unexplained syncope.

Inpatient care is provided a Coronary Care Unit (CCU) and medical short stay wards.

Specialist Cardiology provision includes Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinics, Heart Failure Services including open access echocardiography and a Rapid Access Clinic for Suspected Heart Failure , Specialist Echocardiography, Myocardial Perfusion Imaging , arrhythmia services including DC cardioversion and comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation including heart failure and community based programmes.

Permanent pacemaker implantation Community Palpitations Service in collaboration with GP colleagues is a recent development.

The Cardiology Department provides a comprehensive high quality diagnostic and intervention service including:
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
Temporary pacemaker insertion
Permanent Pacemaker (PPM) and Reveal device implantation
Transthoracic echocardiography
Specialist echocardiography including transoesophageal, stress, contrast AND dyssnchrony studies
Exercise Electrocardiography
24/48 hour ECG monitoring
ECG event recorders
Tilt testing
24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

Off site at Harefield / Bedford hospitals:
Diagnostic cardiac catheterisation
Percutaneous Coronary Angioplasty and stent implantation
Permanent Pacemaker implantation
Device implantation
Cardiac Magnetic Resonance imaging
Calcium Scoring and CT Coronary Angiography

Outpatient Clinics
General Cardiology Clinics for all Consultants including  new patient and follow-up clinics
Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinics
Open Access Echocardiography
Rapid Access Clinic for Suspected Heart Failure
Heart Failure Follow-up Clinic
Arrhythmia and DC Cardioversion Clinics
Cardiac Rehabilitation Service: early discharge clinic, exercise training, education programme, stress management service, dietetic support. Options include a hospital-based programme, a community programme held at the Luton Treatment Centre for patients with heart failure and a home programme.

Who to Refer

Patients with cardiac conditions or at high risk of developing cardiac conditions including  suspected or proven ischaemic heart disease , heart failure, arrhythmias, structural and valve disease for diagnosis, management and intervention.

Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic
For patients who have new onset cardiac sounding chest pain

Rapid Access Clinic for Suspected Heart Failure
For the investigation of patients with suspected heart failure with either a BNP (above 100 pg/ml) or a history of MI.

For all other Cardiology referrals please see 'How to refer' section below.

Who not to Refer

Patients with acute symptoms including chest pain, shortness of breath or syncope or deteriorating symptoms should be referred to the Emergency Department.

Patients with low risk palpitations can be referred to the Community Palpitation Service.


Further information about Cardiology Services at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital is available via the Luton and Dunstable Hospital public website. This includes a link to healthy heart. This section includes details about the signs and symptoms of cardiac conditions and the treatment available at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. It gives advice on avoiding cardiac problems and what support is available, after hospital care, in the community. There is also a section with links to other useful web addresses related to heart disease and support groups, both national and local.

Last updated: 20/06/2012

Update due: 20/06/2013