CardiologyThe Cardiology Department cares for patients with a range of cardiac conditions such as:
- Ischaemic heart disease
- Valve disease
- Heart failure
- Pulmonary hypertension
It provides a comprehensive suite of diagnostic and treatment facilities, including non-invasive diagnostic facilities, cardiac catheterisation and angiography and a wide range of interventional cardiac, vascular and electrophysiological procedures.
St Vincent's has recently acquired the state-of-the art Toshiba AquilionONE 320-slice CT machine and Philips T3 MRI scanner. The 320-slice CT scanner allows accurate non-invasive imaging of the coronary arteries and surrounging structures.
Read more about Cardiac CT
In January 2007, a Short Stay Cardiology Unit was opened to move patients with chest pain out of the Emergency Department to the ward quickly, provided that they are able to perform an exercise test and if blood tests for heart damage prove negative. This initiative has allowed most of these patients to be discharged on the same day.
Interventional Cardiology Laboratories
St Vincent’s Hospital continues to lead the way in the wide clinical application of drug-coated stents to treat coronary artery disease. Recent concerns regarding stent thrombosis with drug-coated stents have emphasised the importance of patients continuing full anti-platelet therapy for 12 months after the procedure.
The Interventional Laboratories recently completed the GAIN I study in collaboration with the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, delivering intra-coronary stem cells from the patient’s own bone marrow to treat chronic severe refractory coronary artery disease unsuitable for stenting or bypass surgery.
The Interventional Laboratories conducted the first human trials of novel drug-coated coronary stents, and have a large registry of carotid artery stenting and percutaneous placement of atrial septal closure devices for atrial septal defect and patent foramen ovale associated with cerebral ischaemic events.
Interventional cardiologists provide outreach services to cardiac catheterisation laboratories in Wagga Wagga and Tamworth, and an assessment clinic in Armidale.