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What is Cardiology?

Cardiology is the treatment of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. At Lenmed cardiology, our mission is to ensure that we follow international best practice processes and protocols to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. Cardiologists treat a broad range of cardiac and vascular conditions and can place stents in clogged arteries, close holes in the heart, and place specialized devices into the heart.

What is Cardio-thoracic surgery?

Cardio-thoracic surgery is the field of medicine involved in surgical treatment of organs inside the thoracic cavity, including the heart and lungs. Cardio-thoracic surgeons and cardiologists often work together in treating and managing patient’s cardiac conditions.


Lenmed’s Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre performs life-saving heart transplant surgery and is the first and only hospital on the African continent to be accredited by the American College of Cardiology. The hospital also undertakes heart transplant surgery.

The conditions we can treat



High cholesterol

Cardiac arrest

Heart attacks

Heart rhythm disorders

Cardiogenic shock

Heart abnormalities


Problems with aorta and arteries


High blood pressure

Angina (chest pain)

Heart failure

Blood clots


Heart valve problems


Congenital conditions


The available tests and treatments


Cardiac catheterisation

Cardiac MRI

Coronary Angiogram


Holter Monitor

Implantable event recorder /loop recorder


Chest x-ray

Cardiac CT

Stress tests


Event monitor

Transesophageal echocardiogram

When to see a cardiologist?

Your primary care provider may refer you to a cardiologist if you have a problem with your heart or blood vessels that needs extra care. If you’re feeling pain in your chest, dizziness or experience shortness of breath, you may need to see a cardiologist. Your cardiologist may keep working with you for a long time as they monitor your conditions.

The types of procedures offered

Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)

Insertion of a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)

Maze surgery

Aneurysm repair

Heart transplant

Insertion of a ventricular assist device (VAD) or total artificial heart (TAH)

Transcatheter structural heart surgery

Our doctors and hospitals

What kind of doctor are you looking for?

Dr CI Hansa

+27 31 581 2717

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Suite 4, Second Floor Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre

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Dr IU Soosiwala

+27 31 581 2558

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Suite 3, 2nd Floor Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre

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Dr SA Gafoor

+27 31 5812558

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Suite 3, 2nd Floor Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre

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Dr AB Dullabh

087 087 8544

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Suite D7, Block D

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Dr I Taunyane


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Suite D1, Block D, Medical Excellence

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Dr NA Tshiovhe

+27 87 284 0970

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Suite D11 Block D, Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital

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Dr RS Dawood

087 087 8546

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Suite D5, Block D

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Dr D Kakooza

+27 53 045 0560

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G06, Ground Floor, Royal Hospital and Heart Centre

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What to expect at your consultation?

Bring along all medical information, including your medical aid details and card, x-rays, scans, reports, current medication details etc.

Your cardiologist will do a physical exam, paying special attention to listening to your heart. He or she will be able to hear how well blood flows throughout your heart and whether you have an irregular heart rhythm or not.

Be ready to answer questions about your family history as well as your own personal medical history. Your cardiologist will want to know if your siblings, parents, or others in your family have had heart problems. Providing this information will help your cardiologist determine what types of heart problems you could potentially have.

?Questions your doctor might ask

  • How long have you been having symptoms?
  • What does it feel like when you have symptoms (mild pain, sharp pain)?
  • What were you doing when your symptoms started (resting, exerting yourself)?
  • Does anything help you feel better when you have symptoms? Have you had a heart procedure or surgery in the past?

If your cardiologist has the equipment at their location, they may do an electrocardiogram to get a quick reading of your heart’s rhythm. They may also set up a separate appointment for other tests that take a little longer.

What to expect and how to prepare if you require admission?

Download the following booklet to put you more at ease if you require hospital admission

Patient Visitor Handbook

Important Information

Early heart attack care

Cardiac discharge

High blood pressure