Cardiothoracic Services


Our state-of-the-art cardiac catheterisation laboratory and purpose-built cardio-thoracic theatre and cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) offer the capacity to perform a variety of complex minimally invasive (interventional)and ‘open heart’ surgical procedures, all on a dedicated floor of the hospital.

The unit provides coronary and carotid angiography and stenting, closure of atrial septal defect, balloon valvuloplasty and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (for aortic valve stenosis), insertion of pacemakers and ventricular assisted devices and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) to treat coronary heart disease

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon and halibut), folate (such as whole grains and leafy green vegetables), and calcium (such as sea vegetables and kale), can help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Reducing the intake of high fat and fried foods, particularly red meats, may also protect against developing colorectal cancer.

Obese people (those with a BMI over 29) have a 20 percent increased risk of developing colorectal cancer compared to those of healthy weight. Maintaining a proper weight and exercising regularly also cuts a person’s risk of developing colorectal cancer. Even small amounts of exercise on a regular basis are protective. The American Cancer Society recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days.

Smoking and drinking alcohol significantly contribute to a person’s risk of developing colorectal cancer. There is a 72 percent increased risk for people who consume more than seven alcoholic beverages a week and a 164 percent increased risk for long-term smokers.

As part of our comprehensive approach to cancer prevention and education, Northside offers Built To Quit, a smoking and tobacco cessation program offering resources to help individuals quit smoking and stop using other tobacco products. For additional information please call 404-780-7653 or email [email protected] or click on the button below to register online for an upcoming class.