- Cardiology consultation
- Stress Echocardiography
- 24 hour Holter monitor
- 24 hour BP monitor/ Ambulatory BP monitor
- CT coronary angiogram and calcium scoring*
- Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE)*
- Coronary angiography*
* These tests are organised off site either in a radiology or hospital setting
Yes a referral from your GP is important to get information about current condition and previous history. It is also important for medicare rebate and reimbursing a part of the charge for your consultation. Do bring your medicare card with you on the day of your consultation or test.
A referral from your GP is usually valid for 1 year and a specialist referral is usually valid for 3 months
SCCV endeavours to provide high quality and affordable service to its patients. Currently all tests except 24 hour BP monitors are bulk Billed. Cardiology consultation is provided at a lower and affordable cost to pensioners.
Usual initial consultation lasts 30 minutes to 45 minutes depending on complexity of condition. A review consult usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes. Different tests will require different times. This information is provided in the details of the test on website and also on our booking form. Please ask one of our friendly staff if you need any information.
Usually there is a minimal out of pocket charge for consult with a specialist. Cardiology consultation is provided at a lower and affordable cost to pensioners.
We endeavour to communicate with your doctor soon with your results. If it is a critical result requiring urgent attention, your doctor will be informed immediately.
1. Stress echocardiography results are sent within 24 hours
2. Echocardiography results are sent within 48 to 72 hours
3. 24 hour BP monitor results are sent within 24 to 48 hours
4. 24 Hour Holter monitor results are sent within 3 to 5 days
5. ECG results are sent within 24 hours.
There might sometimes be unscheduled delay’s due to technical reasons beyond our control.
Angina is a pain that comes from the heart. It is usually caused by narrowing of the coronary (heart) arteries. Usual treatment includes a statin medicine to lower your cholesterol level, low-dose aspirin to help prevent a heart attack, and a beta-blocker medicine to help protect the heart and to prevent angina pains. An angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor medicine is advised in some cases. Sometimes angioplasty or surgery are options to widen, or to bypass, narrowed arteries.
There are many different causes of chest pain. Some are more serious than others. Any new, severe, or persisting chest pain should be discussed with your doctor. This is particularly important if you are an adult and have a history of heart or lung disease. If the chest pain is particularly severe, especially if it is radiating to your arms or jaw, you feel sick, sweaty or breathless, you should call 000 for an emergency ambulance. These can be symptoms of a heart attack.
Non-modifiable risk factors (Some risk factors you can’t control) like your:-
- Ethnic background
- Family history of heart disease
Modifiable risk factors (Other risk factors you can change) like:-
- Smoking – both active smoking and being exposed to smoke passively
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Being physically inactive
- Being overweight