Heart & Vascular Clinic
HEART & VASCULAR INSTITUTE
T 08 8338 0499

F 08 8379 8094 E info@heartandvascular.com.au
240 Glen Osmond Road,
Fullarton SA 5063
Flinders Cardiac Clinic
FLINDERS CARDIAC CLINIC
T 08 8177 1599

F 08 8177 1589 E enquires@flinderscardiac.com.au
Level 6, Suite 606, 1 Flinders Drive,
Bedford Park SA 5042
Heart & Vascular Clinic
Our Services

Heart and Vascular Institute and Flinders Cardiac provide the following range of cardiac services, which include:

Our doctors provide services in general cardiology and all the subspecialties including interventional cardiology, pacing and electrophysiology, heart failure, cardiac transplantation follow assessment and follow up, non-invasive cardiology, adult congenital heart disease, structural heart disease, women's heart programme, rural cardiology and atherosclerosis prevention and reversal programme. We also provide services in adult and paediatric cardiac surgery and vascular surgery.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple non invasive test that takes a recording of the electrical activity of the heart. It takes only a few minutes and no referral is required. A report will be sent to your family doctor or referring physician.

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Treadmill Exercise Testing (Exercise ECG)

Treadmill Exercise Testing (or Exercise Stress Test) is a test designed to look at the response of the heart to increased levels of exercise.

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Ambulatory Blood pressure Monitoring

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is when your blood pressure is being measured at regular intervals as you move around, living your normal daily life.

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Holter Monitor (ECG)

A Holter Monitor (also called a 24-Hour Ambulatory ECG) is a continuous recording of the patient‟s heart rhythm for 24-Hour recording period.

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Event Monitor

An Event Monitor records the rhythm of your heart can be worn for up to 7-days. It records only when symptoms occur so the patient needs to start the device when he or she feels the symptoms. It will only save a recording when you instruct it to do so.

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Transthoracic Echocardiogram – Cardiac Ultrasound

An echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart.

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Transoesophageal Echocardiogram

Transoesophageal echocardiography is a procedure looking at heart structures from the oesophagus using an ultrasound probe. The ultrasound images obtained from the oesophagus permits the doctor to view the heart more clearly without the interference of the lungs and chest. These images are recorded from a probe which is swallowed.

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Stress Echocardiogram

A Stress Echocardiogram is a specialised test that allows the Cardiologist to assess blood flow to the heart muscle (coronary artery disease) at rest and during exercise; the test also provides information about valves and pressures within the chambers of the heart during exercise.

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Coronary Angiography

A coronary angiogram is a special x-ray of your heart, to look for abnormalities of your heart muscle or heart valves, and to see if your coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked.

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Coronary Angioplasty and Stenting

An angioplasty is a small balloon inflated inside a narrowed blood vessel. The balloon helps to widen your blood vessel and improve blood flow. After widening the vessel with angioplasty, sometimes a stent is inserted depending upon the circumstances. Stents are tiny metal mesh tubes that support your artery walls to keep your vessels open.

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Electrophysiology Study

An electrophysiology study (EP study) is a invasive procedure which tests the electrical conduction system of the heart to assess the electrical activity and conduction properties of the heart. Indications can include palpitations or blackouts. This type of study is performed by an electrophysiologist.

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Pacemaker Implant

The heart is a pump which has an electrical supply. Sometimes the electrical system has problems, and this causes the heart to beat slowly. A pacemaker is a small but sophisticated electronic device that is implanted under the skin. The unit comprises a battery and a powerful micro-processor and it provides a back up electrical supply to the heart. The pacemaker is attached to wires which are inserted into the heart through a vein under the collar bone. These wires (or leads) take the electricity from the pacemaker battery to the heart, keeping a person's heart rate from going too slowly, and helping to coordinate the beating of the cardiac chambers.

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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

Some heart conditions are associated with an increased risk of sudden death due to a fast and dangerous heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. In certain circumstances your cardiologist may recommend an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD. This is a device similar to a pacemaker but has the ability to detect fast, abnormal heart rhythms, and if necessary, can deliver a shock to the heart which can terminate the rhythm problem and restore normal heart electrical supply.

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Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy Implantation

Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT) is a type of permanent pacemaker or cardioverter defibrillator which can improve the heart pump function of patients suffering from Heart Failure The symptoms of heart failure could be breathlessness and ankle swelling and often the heart is enlarged and weakened. Some patients with heart failure develop problems with the electrical impulses spread through the heart, this may cause the heart to pump in an “uncoordinated” manner. CRT delivers electrical impulses via the pacemaker wires to both the left and right sides of the heart (biventricular pacing or resynchronize the heart function). It is not suitable for all heart failure patients.

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Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

In order for the heart to do its work it needs a sort of spark plug or electrical impulse to generate a heartbeat. Normally this electrical impulse begins in the upper right chamber of the heart (in the right atrium) in a place called the sino-atrial (SA) node. The SA node is the natural pacemaker of the heart. If you are exercising for example, your heart rate may be faster. When you rest or sleep your heart rate will slow down. If you take certain medications, your heart rate may be slower. All of this is appropriate.

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Catheter Ablation (Radiofrequency Ablation – RFA)

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an invasive procedure designed to cure abnormal heart rhythms. It is performed by an Electrophysiologist who will have discussed indictions with you. Common reasons for undergoing this procedure are Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT), atrial flutter, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW), atrial tachycardia and ventricular tachycardia. It often follows on from an Electrophysiological Study (EPS).

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Cardioversion

Cardioversion is a method to restore an abnormal heart rhythm (known as an arrhythmia, flutter or fibrillations) back to normal by using an electrical shock on specialised pads on the patient‟s chest. The sudden electrical jolt is designed to restore the irregular heart beat to normal sinus rhythm. Up to three shocks in increasing energy may be given to restore a regular heart rate. Most elective or "non-emergency" cardioversions are performed to treat atrial fibrillation.

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Myocardial Biopsy

Myocardial biopsy is a procedure where a small portion of heart tissue is removed from the heart muscle for analysis in a laboratory. This test is also known as endomyocardial biopsy.

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Percutaneous ASD Closure

An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a hole in the septum, or muscular wall, which separates the heart‟s two upper chambers, the atria. An ASD occurs when part of the atrial septum does not form properly.

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Valvuloplasty

Valvuloplasty is performed, in the circumstances when it is required to open a stenotic (stiff) heart valve. In valvuloplasty, a tube or catheter, is advanced from a blood vessel in the groin through to the aorta into the heart.

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Cardiac MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps the cardiologist with the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

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Vascular Ultrasound

An vascular ultrasound is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the body's veins and arteries.

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Cardiac CT

Cardiac computed tomographyor cardiac CT, is a painless test that uses an x-ray machine to take clear, detailed pictures of the heart. Doctors use this test to look for heart problems.

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Right Heart Catheterisation

This procedure is undertaken for a variety of reasons.

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Contact Us

Heart and Vascular Institute/ Flinders Cardiac
Suite 606, level 6
Flinders Private Hospital
Bedford Park 5042
Telephone: 08 8177 1599 | Facsimile: 08 8177 1589

HEART & VASCULAR INSTITUTE
T 08 8338 0499
F 08 8379 8094 | E info@heartandvascular.com.au
240 Glen Osmond Road,
Fullarton SA 5063

FLINDERS CARDIAC CLINIC
T 08 8177 1599
F 08 8177 1589 | E enquires@flinderscardiac.com.au
Level 6, Suite 606, 1 Flinders Drive,
Bedford Park SA 5042