St John of God Hospital has a particular focus on cardiac
- Coronary Angiograms
- Cardiac Stents
- Coronary Angioplasty
The hospital has a Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory, which
enables patients to have a Coronary Angiogram locally rather than
A Coronary Angiogram is a sophisticated x-ray
of the heart where a dye is injected to see if coronary arteries
are narrowed or blocked. Depending on what the Coronary Angiogram
shows, narrowed or blocked coronary blood vessels can be opened up
(dilated) either by inserting a tubular hollow wire to hold the
vessel open permanently (called a Cardiac Stent) or by inflating a
balloon within the vessel to dilate the area of narrowing and then
removing the balloon. This procedure is called Angioplasty.
Patients are treated by specialist cardiologists, nursing
caregivers and technicians fully trained in these coronary
procedures and with a comprehensive understanding of coronary heart
disease. Referrals to the specialist cardiologists are organised by
your doctor or specialist.
New - Chest Pain Centre
GPs are now able to refer privately-insured
patients experiencing cardiac conditions to St John of God
Hospital’s new Chest Pain Centre, where they will be seen and
treated immediately upon arrival.
Patients can be referred by their GP or a paramedic, thus
avoiding potentially long delays in an emergency department.
Pain Centre Hotline 1800 850 133.
Critical Care Unit
There are four coronary care beds in our new Critical Care
Unit which opened in 2009.
Cardiac Investigations Unit
The Cardiac Investigations Unit was built and opened in 2008. It
offers a range of diagnostic tests including:
- Holter monitoring (24 hour ambulatory ECG monitoring)
- Event monitoring (seven day ambulatory ECG monitoring)
- ABP monitoring (24 hours ambulatory blood pressure
- Exercise tests
- Echoes (also known as TTEs or echocardiograms)
- Stress echoes
- TOEs (also known as transoesophageal echocardiograms)
- Tilt table tests
- Pacemaker review clinics
Most services are bulk-billed. Our Cardiac Investigations
Unit is operated by Central Victorian
Find out more about
our Cardiac rehabilitation services
HeartBeat is a support group for recovering heart patients and
Enquiries to the secretary on 03 5442 5603