The best cardiologists in Sydney are here to treat you. We offer the following cardiological services:
Cardiac consultation is a medical service in which a physician specialising in treating heart diseases provides advice and recommendations to another physician caring for a patient. The referring doctor or the patient’s family may request the consultation.
Cardiologists often perform cardiac consultations, but other types of physicians can provide cardiac consultations. Examples include neurologists, pulmonologists and nephrologists. Because cardiac disease can affect multiple organ systems, the referring physician must discuss any other conditions that may be present with the specialist before requesting a consultation.
The electrocardiogram, commonly called the EKG or ECG, is a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart. It can show how fast your heart is beating and whether it’s regularly beating. An ECG can help your doctor diagnose many different heart problems, including:
- Heart attacks. A heart attack happens when a clot or other problem blocks blood flow to part of the heart muscle. An ECG during a heart attack may show that parts of the heart aren’t getting enough oxygen-rich blood.
- Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias). An arrhythmia is any abnormal beat in your heart rhythm. It can cause you to feel dizzy or have palpitations (a feeling of fluttering in your chest). An ECG can show if you have an arrhythmia.
- Some types of irregular heartbeat are harmless and don’t need treatment. But others may be serious and lead to complications such as stroke or collapse of part of the heart muscle (cardiac arrest).
An echocardiogram is a noninvasive procedure that uses sound waves to produce an image of the heart. The test can help diagnose issues such as heart valve problems and heart muscle abnormalities, as well as detect heart rhythm disorders.
During an echocardiogram, a transducer device emits high-frequency sound waves that bounce off your heart and are reflected by the device. A computer then uses these signals to create an image of your heart’s structure and function.
24hr blood pressure monitoring
24hr blood pressure monitoring is a continuous measurement of your blood pressure over 24 hours. It’s used to check whether you have high blood pressure and determine what causes it.
You will be asked to wear a particular monitor on your arm for 24 hours while going about your daily activities. The monitor will record your blood pressure regularly so that doctors can see how it changes over time.
This is different from an average blood pressure reading because it considers the effect of any medication you might be taking and how you feel each day (such as after exercise).
Coronary Angiography and Stenting
Coronary angiography and stenting are done in a hospital or outpatient centre by a cardiologist (a doctor specialising in heart disease). The procedure involves inserting a long, thin tube (catheter) into your blood vessels through an artery in your leg or arm. The catheter has a small balloon on its tip that can be guided through the blood vessels to the heart. Once the balloon reaches the coronary arteries, it can be inflated with blood pressure, which opens up the artery like a door opening into a room. This lets doctors see inside your arteries from both sides of your heart without surgery.
The doctor will then inject dye into your bloodstream so he or she can see how well blood flows through your heart valves and vessels during regular activity and exercise.
Pacemaker insertion is a procedure to treat an irregular heartbeat. It involves placing a pacemaker generator under the skin in the lower chest area. The generator sends electrical signals to the heart and helps control its beating rate.
Pacemakers are used to treat people with slow or fast heartbeats that can lead to dizziness or fainting. Pacemaker surgery is done on an outpatient basis. Recovery time is usually short, but you may have limitations on your activity for several weeks after surgery.
Cardiac arrest. Patients who suffer from such an event have stopped breathing, and their heart has stopped beating correctly. A defibrillator is a medical device that delivers an electric shock to restore normal heart rhythm.
Defibrillation is a life-saving procedure in which an electric current is passed through the chest wall to cause depolarisation of the myocardium, which results in contraction and blood flow. The defibrillator must be applied within minutes of the onset of cardiac arrest, or irreversible brain damage may occur.
Ablation therapy is a treatment for atrial fibrillation. It’s not a cure and can only be done if you have an arterial access site (a puncture site in your leg or arm that has been placed during cardiac catheterisation).
During ablation therapy, a doctor uses multiple radiofrequency energy sources to destroy the abnormal electrical pathways that cause atrial fibrillation. The goal is to stop the heart’s electrical system from going into an abnormal rhythm so that you don’t feel symptoms of atrial fibrillation, such as palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue.
Cardiac Diagnostics Sydney
Cardiac Diagnostics Sydney tests are used to examine the heart. The tests determine the type and severity of a heart condition and help identify the cause of many heart-related problems. Cardiac diagnostics may be performed on an as-needed basis or as part of routine health care.
Standard cardiac diagnostic procedures include:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) – Records electrical activity in your heart using electrodes placed on your skin. An EKG can help doctors detect irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).
- Cardiac catheterisation – Inserts a long, flexible tube into a blood vessel in your groin area to measure pressures within the chambers of your heart. It also allows doctors to insert tiny lines called angioplasty balloons into diseased arteries. These balloons open up blocked arteries so blood can flow freely again. Catheterisation is done only in certain situations by a cardiologist or interventional radiologist with special training.
- Chest X-ray – A test that uses X-rays to create images of internal structures such as bones, organs and tissues inside the body.