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“For about a year I was having SVT attacks and I didn’t even realise”

David was diagnosed in 2009 with mild coronary heart disease which was being managed by medication. He was experiencing recurrent episodes of lightheaded. clammy and mild chest heaviness, and assumed it was related to his current ongoing health issues.

In April, this year, David was having treatment for prostate cancer when he had another episode of symptoms, and hospital staff were able to record a fast heart rate, leading to the diagnosis.

 

What makes David’s story thought-provoking, is that he had been experiencing SVT attacks for about a year, without knowing what it was and being able to treat it.

 

SVT is an abnormally fast heart rhythm, arising from improper electrical activity in the upper part of the heart. The symptoms can be obvious, with rapid palpitations and awareness of your heart beat. However, many patients have more non-specific symptoms, like David, which makes it harder to figure out.

 

 

He was admitted under the care of Associate Professor Sujith Senevirante, and he had further heart racing. Adenosine (which rapidly decreases heart rate) was administered.  As David describes it, “It’s a bit like a computer being rebooted, except it’s your heart – it felt like being hit by a truck”.  He was discharged with a follow up review planned. However, he had ongoing attacks, as he describes the attacks “You feel really, really, really terrible for about 5 minutes then you feel just really terrible for about an hour”. They were occurring every day so was admitted to Holmesglen Private Hospital for further management.

 

Following an angiogram on the 2nd of August, to make sure there was no major cause for the chest pain, it was determined that David would require an ablation. Fortunately, he had been admitted on the weekend prior to the opening of Holmesglen Private Hospital’s new EP lab. David underwent an EP study and ablation, on the first day of operation by Dr. Emily Kotschet. The short circuit in his heart was found, and successfully ablated (burned) with no recurrent arrhythmia.

 

David says he is now “good as gold’ and calls his ablation “the magical cure”.  He has happily resumed all his normal activities including participating in lawn bowls and enjoying his retirement, no longer worrying about his heart.

 

 

 

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BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!

Twanny Farrugia has been ill all his life. He has had open heart surgery, kidney failure, multiple hip and knee ­replacements and is blind, yet he has an infectious positive outlook on life and a wonderful sense of humour.

He was diagnosed with renal failure when he was just 15 years old.

His family migrated from Malta in 1965 and he received his kidney transplant 2 weeks after his 18th birthday in 1971.

Twanny said, “it was the best birthday present ever, to be given the beautiful gift of life”. The donor family were grieving for their loved one but, because of their kindness, they gave me a second chance”.

Twanny’s father died 32 years ago of a heart attack and he was an organ donor so the Farrugia family feel that they have “given back, full circle”.

In 2007, Twanny went in for surgery to have a stent procedure but suffered a heart attack and went on to have bypass surgery.   He said “I am lucky as I was in the lab when I had the heart attack, so I guess it’s the best place to be if that happens”.

Twanny has been attending cardiac reviews at Melbourne Heart Care with Dr Emily Kotschet.

Throughout all of this Twanny remains positive and has a love of life. He spent 30 years doing ballroom dancing and, before he lost his eyesight, he was an avid caravaner.  He walks regularly with his beloved guide dog, Val, and has even tried tandem bicycle riding, given his poor vision.  Twanny says “I don’t often worry about the technical aspects of my life as I have a great medical team.  I focus on the psychosocial aspect of wellbeing, my belief is if I am healthy in my mind, my body will follow through, that’s how I fight all my battles”.

Twanny is due to celebrate his 47th year with his transplant and he is now the second-longest kidney transplant recipient in Australia.

For more information on organ donations please click on the following link.

https://donatelife.gov.au/

 

 

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Education session at Holmesglen Private Hospital

An evening education session and tour of our new cardiology service available at Holmesglen Private Hospital, 490 South Road, Moorabbin 3189, Vic.

Speaking was Dr Emily Kotschet, electrophysiologist and cardiologist on new pacing and heart failure devices.

Also speaking that evening was Dr Rob Gooley, interventional cardiologist on new therapies for valve disease, Dr Logan Bittinger, electrophysiologist and cardiologist on acute arrhythmia management and Dr Andrew Tay, emergency physician on diagnosis and management of chest pain in the community and in ED.

 

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