Strathfield Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Your heart's in good hands

Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Services

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At Strathfield Private, we've teamed up the best theatre staff, the best doctors and state-of-the-art operating facilities to provide a centre of excellence for heart and lung patients.

Our services include:

HEART

  • Angiography - This is a technique using a contrast medium to outline blood vessels. The procedure may be done in a variety of ways, depending on the indications. Examples include coronary angiography, done in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, by an interventional cardiologist to examine the heart for blockages; peripheral angiography, done by a vascular surgeon in a hybrid theatre suite, to look for blockages in the arteries to the legs and CT angiography, performed by a radiologist in the X-ray department to look at a number of different organ systems.

  • Angioplasty and Stenting - Stenting involves stretching a narrowed area of the artery with a small cylindrical balloon. Once the narrowing has been stretched a stent is inserted (a fine mesh cylinder usually of stainless steel) that supports that part of the artery.

  • Cardiology Investigations – From remote home heart monitoring with implanted devices, through to sleep apnoea testing and ambulatory blood pressure testing, Strathfield Private’s cardiologists provide the gold standard of heart investigations. Our doctors also perform cardiac ultrasound, stress echo and ECG monitoring

  • Cardiac Surgery for New Caledonia patients - we also offer interpreters, post-surgery accommodation and follow up care.

    Download the New Caledonian guide to Cardiac Surgery in Australia.

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery - Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery restores blood flow to the heart muscle by adding a graft (vein or artery) to bypass the blocked area. The procedure may be done with the help of the heart-lung machine, or without ("off-pump") depending on the patient's circumstances and the surgeon's approach.

  • Electrical Physiology Studies (EPS) - A minimally invasive procedure that assesses the electrical activity and conduction pathways of the heart.

  • Heart Valve Surgery - This is an operation to repair one of the four valves inside the heart. Sometimes these valves may become narrowed, causing obstruction to blood flow, or the valve may leak causing the blood to flow backwards within the heart which affects the efficiency of the heart's function.

  • Implantable Cardoverter Defibrillator (ICD) - A small, battery-powered electrical impulse generator that is implanted in patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac death due to ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia

  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery - Heart surgeons perform heart surgery through small incisions in the right side of your chest, as an alternative to open heart surgery – resulting in no midline scar.

  • Pacemaker Insertion - A medical device that uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes that contract heart muscles, to regulate the heart beat.

  • Pulmonary Vein Isolation (PVI) - A treatment for atrial fibrillation- an abnormal heart rhythm that originates in the top chambers of the heart.

  • Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) - A medical procedure in which part of the electrical conduction system of the heart, tumour or other dysfunctional tissue is ablated using the heat generated from high frequency alternating current.

LUNG

Strathfield Private is one of the busiest hospitals in the country for thoracic surgery. The procedures we carry out include:

  • Thoracoscopy - A minimally invasive video-assisted technique to examine the lungs and interior of the chest. Some procedures including pleurodesis, lung biopsy and lung resection may be performed using the technique.

  • Endobronchial Valve Implantation - A minimally invasive procedure using video-assisted bronchoscopic technique to help patients who are very short of breath due to emphysema or chronic airways disease.
  • Thoracic Sympathectomy - A procedure performed using minimally invasive video techniques to block nerves causing excessive sweating of the hands and arms.
  • Lobectomy - This operation removes the diseased part of the lung

  • Pneumonectomy - A radical surgical procedure that involves the removal of the whole lung, usually to remove tumorous tissue.

  • Pleurodesis - Treatment for a collapsed lung.

Strathfield Private Hospital's cardiac services also offer patients:

  • Access to the latest technologies in cardiovascular diagnostic services (a new $9m renovation means patients can receive diagnostic imaging and undergo surgical procedures in the same theatre without being moved)

  • An interventional cardiology service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Referral to cardiothoracic surgeons 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Intensive Care Unit

  • A specialised Acute Cardiac Unit with on-site medical staff and full-time cardiologists

  • Cardiology/Cardiothoracic ward

  • Post-procedural rehabilitation

Specialists

Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Cardiologists


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