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Wireless devices to monitor cause of strokes now more accessible to Australians

Dr Emily Kotschet discussing the Linq Monitor heart implant and it’s significant effects in detecting atrial fibrillation as reported by Gabriella Rogers on Channel 9 Newshttps://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/15/18/53/wireless-stroke-device-more-accesible-to-australians

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A Broken Heart isn’t just an emotional symptom, it’s a physical one.

The correct term is known as Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy which is the Japanese word for an octopus trap, this is because it’s the shape the left ventricle appears during the acute phase of the syndrome.

Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (TTC) is a ballooning of the left ventricle apex which pumps blood less effectively, usually as a result of severe emotional stress including a bereavement, physical stress or illness.

Symptoms are similar to that of a heart attack but are not caused by any underlying heart disease and often go undiagnosed.

It affects predominately women, with patients recovering in most cases with no long-term heart damage.

 

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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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Heart implant ‘small as grain of rice’ offering new hope – 9News

9News has published a feature on a device as small as a grain of rice that is being used for the first time in Australia to help treat heart failure.

Melbourne Heart Care’s Electrophysiologist and Cardiologist, Dr Emily Kotschet who is featured in the video said, “The device provides an opportunity to improve the heart failure symptoms beyond what we could’ve thought of,” she continues, “We think that’s a better way to pace the heart, but further knowledge and research will show us this, it certainly looks good in studies done to date.”

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STEPS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19

Thank you to our patients attending the practice during the Covid-19 pandemic. Your understanding and cooperation with the everchanging policies and procedures we have in place to protect us all and ensure we comply with government guidelines is very much appreciated.

It is important not to neglect your cardiac health during this crisis and we remain committed to providing all our usual services.

If you have symptoms of fever, chills/sweats, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle soreness, loss of sense of smell and taste- we advise you get tested and if needed contact your GP or local Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND OUR PRACTICE if you have any of the symptoms above or have recently tested Covid-19 positive or awaiting Covid-19 test result or been in contact with someone who has. Please call our team on 9592 2177 to advise. We offer telehealth consulting so you can remain in direct contact with your cardiologist when you cannot attend.

Other measures we are taking include:

We include the following links for your reference:
https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/search/%22covid-19%22
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus