Cardiologists are the most critical specialists you need in the event of any heart-related issues. As such, it is essential to choose the right and reliable Cardiologists in Sydney. Our team of experts shares their knowledge with you so you can make an informed decision on who to do your treatment and surgery with. Keep reading further to learn more about the services our cardiologists can provide you.
What does a heart specialist Sydney do?
Cardiologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of heart-related conditions. Heart specialist Sydney evaluates patients with problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, or high blood pressure. They also perform diagnostic tests and may prescribe medications to treat these conditions.
Cardiology Services Provided
The following services, among many others, are being provided by our trained experts for you:
Holter monitor test Sydney
A holter monitor test Sydney is a test that records your heart’s electrical activity over 24 hours. The test is done while you’re at rest, while you’re active and while you sleep.
The results will help your doctor determine if you have abnormal heart rhythms or if another heart condition is causing your symptoms.
During a Holter monitor test, an electronic device is placed on your chest and connected by wires to a receiver with a display screen. The device records information about the electrical activity of your heart and the signals it sends to the rest of your body. You’ll wear the device for 24 hours or longer unless it has a problem or how it’s attached to you.
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a test that records the electrical activity of your heart over some time.
The ECG can help your doctor diagnose many conditions, including:
- Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias)
- Heart muscle damage or weakness (myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy)
- Heart valve problems (mitral valve prolapse)
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
An echocardiogram is a painless test that uses sound waves to create pictures of your heart. The test can help determine if you have a heart problem or condition, such as a heart attack or heart failure. It can also show how well your heart is working. An echocardiogram is given in the hospital or doctor’s office and takes about 15 minutes to complete.
Echocardiography is a safe procedure that uses sound waves to produce an image of the heart on a monitor screen. This test is usually done without dyes or special preparations before it begins. You lie on your back, and an ultrasound probe (transducer) is placed on your chest just over your heart. The search sends sound waves through your body and into your heart. A computer then translates these signals into real-time images that can be seen on a monitor screen.
Coronary Angiography and Stenting
Coronary angiography and stenting is a medical procedure involving using a catheter (tube) to view your heart. It is also called a coronary angiogram or coronary catheterization. The catheter is inserted into an artery in your groin and then advanced into the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle (coronary arteries). A special dye is injected through the catheter to get an image of the inside of these arteries.
If you have blockages in your coronary arteries, they can be treated with coronary stenting. Stents are tiny wire mesh tubes inserted into an artery in your groin and then moved up to the blocked area. Once placed, they help keep open blood vessels that otherwise may have closed off because of plaque build-up on their walls.
Pacemakers are implanted in the upper right side of the chest. They are made up of a battery and a small computer that sends signals to the heart to help it beat usually. The procedure to implant a pacemaker is called cardiac pacing.
The pacemaker is placed under local anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain during the operation. The area where the pacemaker is inserted is numbed beforehand with an injection. Sometimes, you may be given sedation so you will not feel any pain during the operation.
Defibrillation delivers an electrical shock to the heart that can help restore a normal heart rhythm. A defibrillator is a portable, battery-powered device that has an electric shock to the heart through electrodes placed directly on the skin. Defibrillation can treat cardiac arrest and other life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances.
Defibrillators are often used with CPR, which involves chest compressions and rescue breathing. The first step in using a defibrillator is to get all the information needed from the patient and bystanders, including:
- Location of injury or incident
- Time spent without circulation (how long since their last breath)
- Time since their last pulse felt (if any)
The electrophysiological study is a test that measures the heart’s electrical activity. During this test, several wires are attached to your skin and placed around the chest area to record how your heart beats. A small device called a catheter is also inserted through a vein in your groin area into your heart. The doctor injects a special dye into your bloodstream through the catheter. Then pictures of your heart are taken while you’re resting and exercising on a treadmill or stationary bicycle. This allows your doctor to see how well your heart works during exercise.
Ablation is the removal of a tissue or structure. In cardiology, ablation therapy is a treatment to remove abnormal heart tissue. The goal of the procedure is to stop abnormal electrical impulses that cause arrhythmias. Ablation therapy may be an option if medications and other treatments have not worked to control your symptoms.