Doctors offer new heart treatment

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A PRIVATE hospital has carried out a new heart procedure in what bosses have claimed is a “major step forward” for the facility.

The operation for chronic total occlusions – total blockages of coronary arteries – took place at Spire Shawfair Park Hospital, off Old Dalkeith Road.

Medical advancements mean the blockages can now be treated without the need for heart bypass surgery. The procedure is also available on the NHS on a limited basis.

Cardiologist Dr James Spratt said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer treatment for chronic total occlusions. The patient has now made a full recovery and is enjoying a restored quality of life.”