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Clinical Specialties

Cardiovascular Conditions We Treat

The San is highly skilled in treating an extensive range of cardiovascular conditions. The best procedure for you will be determined in conjunction with your medical team based on your condition and overall health.

anatomy of the heartSome of the conditions we treat are listed below with a simple definition of each provided.

Arrhythmia

Condition where the heart beats with an abnormal or irregular beat

Ablation of electrical pathways in the heart

Ablation involves the surgical removal of body tissue – to prevent arrhythms

Aneurysm repair of arteries (thoracic and abdominal)

Aneurysm is an excessive localised swelling caused by a weakness in the arterial wall

Angina

Angina is chest pain

Angioplasty

Angioplasty is a procedure for widening a narrowed coronary artery

Artery problems

Any problem with the muscular-walled tubes (arteries) that carry blood from the heart to all parts of the body

Artery stenting

A stent is a tube-shaped device placed in an artery that supplies blood to the heart to keep the arteries open

Atherosclerosis

A disease of the arteries that has occurred from the deposition of fatty material on their inner walls

Atrial Fibrillation

A type of irregular heart rhythm

Automatic Internal Cardioverter-Defibrillator (AICD) insertion / replacement

Involves the implanting of a device inside the body which is capable of correcting most life-threatening cardiac arrythmias

Blood clots (thrombosis)
Cancer
Cardiomyopathy

Chronic disease of the heart muscle

Closure of a hole in the heart (atrial septal defect)
Closure of patent foramen ovale

Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a blood-flow pathway between a human heart’s atriums which normally closes naturally after birth

Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)
Congenital heart disease

A problem in the structure of the heart that is present at birth

Coronary angiogram

A specialised x-ray test that can determine if your coronary arteries are blocked or narrowed and the location and extent of the blockages

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)

A type of surgery that improves blood flow to the heart

Coronary Artery Disease

Refers to the build-up of a waxy type substance known as plaque, in the coronary arteries

Coronary CTA (Computerised Tomography Angiogram) or CT Coronary Angiogram (CTCA)

A test that uses x-rays to provide detailed pictures of the heart and surrounding blood vessels

Electrical study of the heart (Electrophysiological study or EPS)
Embolic protection devices

Used to capture and remove debris that becomes dislodged during an interventional procedure

Fluid collection in the lung (effusion)
Flutter

Atrial flutter is an abnormal heart rhythm that occurs in the atria of the heart

Heart and vessel imaging
Heart attack / Myocardial Infarction (MI)
Heart failure
Heart surgery
Heart valve disease
High blood pressure / Hypertension (HTN)
Intravascular ultrasound

Is a medical imaging test that uses sound waves to see inside blood vessels and aids in the evaluation of the coronary arteries that supply the heart

Ischaemic heart disease

Is a condition that affects the supply of blood to the heart

Lung disease
Mapping of electrical pathways in the heart
Pacemaker insertion / replacement (including biventricular)
Peripheral artery disease / Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
Pulmonary embolism

A Pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that occurs in the lungs

Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure that occurs in the arteries in the lungs

Stress echocardiography

A procedure that determines how well your heart and blood vessels are working during exercise (under stress)

Trans oesophageal echocardiography (TOE)

Is an ultrasound that makes detailed pictures of your heart and the arteries that lead to and from it - may require anaesthetic

Trans thoracic echocardiography (TTE)

Is a scan that uses ultrasound to take pictures of the internal parts of the heart - may require anaesthetic

Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIA)

A Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) is like a stroke, producing similar symptoms, but usually lasting only a few minutes and causing no permanent damage

Valve surgery
Ventricular tachycardia

Is a pulse heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute, with at least three irregular heartbeats in a row

Wolfe Parkinson White syndrome

Is a condition in which there is an extra electrical pathway of the heart. (WPW) syndrome is one of the most common causes of fast heart rate problems in infants and children)

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