MQ Health - Macquarie University

Cardiology clinic

Providing the highest quality patient care and treatment for heart-related conditions including coronary heart disease, heart failure and hypertension.

Conditions and Treatments

Conditions

Our experts diagnose and treat patients with coronary artery disease, heart failure, valve disease, hypertension, arrhythmias and implanted devices. They also assist in global CV risk management, CT coronary angiography interpretation and pre-surgical assessment.

We offer a specialised, integrated atrial fibrillation (AF) clinic with a focus on lifestyle modification in addition to other risk factor management to decrease AF symptom burden.

Treatments

The latest equipment, interventional techniques and imaging modalities enables our experts to provide a clear efficient and effective diagnosis.

We treat these conditions by providing:

  • Echocardiography - including 3D modalities
  • Stress echocardiography - matrix probes and wireless recording
  • Trans-oesophageal echocardiography and cardioversion
  • Ambulatory ECG (Holter) and Loop (Event) monitoring
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure - using latest digital technology
  • Coronary Intervention - latent stent and flow assessment techniques

Cardiac Services

Our services include:

  • Echocardiography
  • Transoesophageal echocardiography
  • Cardiac CT
  • 24 hour holter monitoring
  • 24 hour blood pressure monitoring
  • Pacemaker monitoring
  • Measurement of central blood pressure and arterial stiffness
  • Stress testing

We can facilitate referral of the following services through MQ Health:

  • Coronary angiography, stents and angioplasty
  • Minimally invasive valve replacement
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Arrhythmia diagnosis and ablation

Our specialists have access to the latest equipment to provide patients with a complete and detailed diagnosis.The following equipment assist our team in their diagnosis and treatment:

  • Mortara ELI 350 ECGMortara stress test system and treadmill
  • Philips IE33 3D echocardiogram and stress echo
  • Latest SSD Digital ambulatory Holter, Event Monitor
  • Solid state ambulatory BP recorders
  • Biotronik Remote Home Monitoring for pacemarkers and ICDs
  • Pacemaker clinic checks with latest interrogation programmers

Chestpain assessment

MQ Health Cardiology Clinic’s specialist team have extensive experience treating a wide range of heart-related conditions, including complex and rare conditions.

Our cardiologists have access to state-of-the-art equipment for testing, diagnosing and treating all forms of chest pain.

What is chest pain?

Pain in the chest can be caused by a number of heart-related concerns, including reduced blood flow to the heart or a blockage. Chest pain can occur suddenly or develop slowly over time.

There are many treatments available for chest pain. Treatment approaches vary and depend on the source of the chest pain as well as any other pre-existing conditions or symptoms.

Common treatments for chest pain include lifestyle modifications, medications, procedures or surgery.

Make an appointment

At MQ Health Cardiology Clinic, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.

Cholesterol and blood fats

At MQ Health Cardiology, our specialist team have extensive experience treating people who have high cholesterol.

Our cardiologists are involved in research and clinical trials looking at new, innovative treatment options for coronary artery disease and other heart conditions related to high cholesterol.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in your blood. There are two types of cholesterol – HDL (often called the ‘good’ kind) and LDL (often called the ‘bad’ kind). If you have too much LDL cholesterol in your blood, you have an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and obesity.

In some cases, high cholesterol is genetic. However, high cholesterol levels are often caused by eating an unhealthy diet consisting of foods high in saturated fats. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can also increase LDL cholesterol levels.

If you have high cholesterol levels, it’s important to see a cardiologist for a diagnosis and ongoing treatment plan. If left untreated, high cholesterol levels can lead to serious complications and heart disease.

Our treatment approach

If you have high cholesterol or are concerned about your cholesterol levels, one of our cardiologists will see you for a complete heart health check. Your cardiologist will recommend the most suitable treatment approach based on your test results and any other pre-existing conditions or symptoms.

Treatments for high cholesterol can include lifestyle modifications, medication, procedures and surgery.

Make an appointment

At MQ Health Cardiology Clinic, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.

Coronary disease

MQ Health Ophthalmology Clinic’s specialist team of cardiologists provide a comprehensive, collaborative approach to diagnosing and treating coronary artery disease.

Our doctors will develop a personalised, ongoing treatment plan based on your symptoms and the severity of your disease.

What is coronary disease?

Coronary disease, also known as coronary artery disease, is caused by a build-up of plaque in the coronary arteries. Plaque is a fatty substance made up of cholesterol and other substances found in the blood.

The arteries can become weak and narrow when plaque builds up. If the arteries become severely damaged, blood flow to the heart is reduced. Over time, this can lead to chest pain or, more seriously, a stroke or heart attack.

While treatment can help to ease symptoms and reduce heart attack risk, coronary disease is a condition that can’t be cured completely. Common treatments include lifestyle modifications, medications and various types of surgery.

Make an appointment

At MQ Health Cardiology Clinic, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.

Heart failure

MQ Health Cardiology’s doctors have specialty experience diagnosing and treating patients with heart failure. We have access to the latest equipment for diagnosis, testing and treatment. Our team offer a multi-disciplinary care approach, specially designed for people with heart failure.

What is heart failure?

Heart failure means the heart isn’t able to pump blood effectively. There are two types of heart failure: systolic and diastolic.

Systolic heart failure occurs when the heart can't pump with enough power to push blood into your bloodstream. Diastolic heart failure occurs when the heart isn’t able to fill with blood between heartbeats.

Common symptoms of heart failure include feeling short of breath, rapid heartbeat, extreme tiredness and swollen legs.

Heart failure treatment depends on the severity of the disease. In some cases, lifestyle changes or medications may be all that’s needed. In other cases, a defibrillator, pacemaker or other type of surgery may be recommended.

Our multi-disciplinary approach combines cardiac care with nursing and rehabilitation based on best-practice, evidence-based treatment recommendations.

Make an appointment

At MQ Health Cardiology Clinic, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.

Heart tests

MQ Health Cardiology Clinic’s specialist team of cardiologists have access to cutting-edge testing equipment for diagnosis and treatment of the complete spectrum of heart conditions.

With expertise in common and rare forms of heart disease, our cardiologists operate within state-of-the-art facilities using the latest innovative equipment, methods and procedures.

What are heart tests?

Heart tests help to diagnose and treat common and rare heart conditions. If you have heart disease, or are experiencing symptoms of heart disease, you may need one or more of the following tests:

  • Angiogram – an X-ray of the heart’s arteries which can detect if the arteries are narrowed or blocked
  • CT scan – a scan that uses X-rays and digital technology to create detailed pictures of the heart and surrounding areas
  • ECG (echocardiogram) – a test that measures the heart’s electrical activity
  • Stress test (stress echocardiography or stress echo) – a test that measures your heart’s response to exercise
  • Transthoracic echo – an ultrasound of the heart

Make an appointment

At MQ Health Cardiology Clinic, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.

High blood pressure and stiff arteries

MQ Health Cardiology Clinic’s specialist team have a wide range of expertise in the management of people with high blood pressure and stiff arteries.

What is high blood pressure and stiff arteries?

High blood pressure is when the force, or pressure, of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls is too high. Over time, high blood pressure can weaken and damage the blood vessel walls.

When the blood vessel walls become damaged, they are more likely to harden, narrow and stiffen as a substance called plaque (fat, cholesterol and other substances) build up. This is a condition called atherosclerosis and it can lead to a heart attack or stroke if left untreated.

If you have high blood pressure, your cardiologist will perform a range of tests to develop a tailored, ongoing treatment plan based on your symptoms and any other pre-existing conditions.

Treatment for high blood pressure can include lifestyle modifications, medication and certain types of procedures.

It’s important to treat high blood pressure because it can lead to other forms of heart disease if left untreated.

Make an appointment

At MQ Health Cardiology Clinic, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.

Pre-operative risk assessment

MQ Health Cardiology’s doctors have extensive experience performing all forms of heart surgery and minor procedures.

Our doctors conduct a thorough risk assessment before allowing any type of heart surgery to commence, ensuring patients are suitable candidates for any surgery or procedures recommended.

What is pre-operative risk assessment?

Pre-operative risk assessment involves a series of tests to determine whether a person if fit to undergo heart surgery or a procedure.

During pre-operative risk assessment, your specialist will assess your risk of experiencing a complication during or after the procedure.

Your specialist will also consider your recovery and any factors that could potentially impact the outcome of your procedure.

Make an appointment

At MQ Health Cardiology Clinic, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.

Preventive medicine

Our preventive medicine programs promote ongoing health and wellness and empower patients to reduce their heart disease risk factors.

Most heart attacks and strokes are preventable. With the right care, people who are at risk of heart disease can dramatically reduce their chance of developing a heart condition.

What is preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine is a personalised approach to treating and preventing heart disease.

At MQ Health Cardiology, we offer tailored treatment plans for people with heart disease as well as those who have a high risk of developing any type of heart disease.

Our team of specialists work together to create individual cardiac prevention programs designed to:

  • reduce risk factors
  • prevent any existing forms of heart disease from getting worse
  • implement healthy lifestyle changes
  • improve diet and exercise
  • improve quality of life
  • reduce the need for invasive procedures or surgery

Our team of doctors have the technology to detect heart disease at a very early stage. We use non-invasive cardiac imaging and techniques to get an accurate prediction of stroke or heart attack risk for the next ten years.

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists, nurses, dietitians and exercise physiologists use this information to create ongoing bespoke treatment and rehabilitation programs.

Our treatment approach

Your cardiologist will schedule a series of screening tests and then develop an individualised program based on your risks, family history and lifestyle. Your treatment can include lifestyle and diet to medication or other procedures.

We can provide a preventive risk prevention plan for our patients on the same day they visit the clinic. The plan considers genetic differences, family history of heart disease, and other risk factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, weight, movement and sleep apnoea.

Make an appointment

At MQ Health Cardiology Clinic, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.

Pulmonary hypertension

The team at MQ Health Cardiology have extensive experience diagnosing and treating patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Our team of specialists are actively involved in research, keeping up-to-date with the latest developments and treatment techniques to provide the best possible care.

What is pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary hypertension is a form of high blood pressure affecting the arteries in the lungs and the right side of the heart.

Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include shortness of breath, dizziness and chest pressure – though some people may have no noticeable symptoms.

The condition may develop on its own or progress from other related conditions. If left untreated, pulmonary hypertension can worsen and lead to serious, life-threatening risks. Early diagnosis and treatment reduces symptoms, so it’s important to get tested and treated as soon as possible.

Our treatment approach

If you have been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, your specialist team will develop an ongoing treatment plan for you. The plan can include regular testing, medication or procedures, depending on the severity of your condition.

As an MQ Health Cardiology patient, you will attend regular appointments and your treatment plan will be monitored and adjusted as necessary. Your medical team will liaise with your General Practitioner or other healthcare provider as necessary.

Your doctors will also help you learn about your pulmonary hypertension and give you instructions on what to do in an emergency. The team will give you tools and resources to help you manage your condition, prevent complications and live a healthy, fulfilling life.

Make an appointment

At MQ Health Cardiology Clinic, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.

Precision cardiology

MQ Health Cardiology Clinic’s specialist team have a keen interest in the emerging field of precision cardiology which we see as the future of cardiac care.

What is precision cardiology?

Precision cardiology is an approach for heart disease treatment and prevention, collectively focused on a person’s genes, environment and lifestyle.

Instead of diagnosing patients based on general clinical research or guidelines, precision cardiology considers a person’s unique variables – such as family history, diet, exercise levels and more – to provide highly targeted, personalised care.

Precision medicine is an emerging approach that is expected to become more mainstream in the coming years.

Make an appointment

At MQ Health Cardiology Clinic, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.

Sports cardiology

At MQ Health Cardiology, we have a strong interest and expertise in sports cardiology. Our interest ranges from screening young sports people prior to competitive level exercise to the treatment and management of athletes that have symptoms during exercise.

Our clinic is also involved in screening cricket Australia and professional sporting bodies

What is sports cardiology?

Sports cardiology is a subspecialty of cardiology looking at the effect of exercise on heart health.

Our specialist team of sports cardiologists use precise, cutting-edge testing to measure the heart’s response to exercise in both professional and amateur athletes.

We also look at how exercise impacts people with heart disease, diabetes, lung capacity and irregular heartbeats.

Make an appointment

At MQ Health Cardiology Clinic, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

To make an appointment with one of our cardiologists, or to discuss your heart health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 2900.