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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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Professor Ian Meredith on Acute Coronary Syndromes

Our very own Professor Ian Meredith answers the question: “In your opinion, what are the main reasons for the continuing high mortality rate associated with acute coronary syndromes?”

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Vale Dr Paul Antonis, 1971 – 2014

Dr Paul AntonisThe team and patients at Melbourne Heart Care all mourn the sudden and sad loss of our much-loved colleague, friend and dedicated practitioner, Dr Paul Antonis.
Paul had an amazing presence and there was never a dull moment when he was consulting at Brighton or Linacre.

His knowledge, caring nature, generosity, sense of humour and smiling face will be missed by us all here at Melbourne Heart Care every day.

To Michelle, Thomas, Madeleine, Patra, Robert and Simon we extend our deepest condolences and share in your grief.

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Honours For One of Our Own

We would like to congratulate Professor Ian Meredith for being awarded a Member (AM) in the Order of Australia in the General Division, in the Australia Day Honours list for 2012.

Ian received the honour for his services to medicine in the field of cardiology as a clinician and researcher and for his role in public health.

A founding member of Melbourne Heart Care, Ian heaped praise on his team:

“I’ve had a really blessed and charmed career. I’ve worked with many fabulous people and learnt from many great people and it’s afforded me the opportunity to excel.”

Ian’s recognition comes 15 years after establishing Melbourne Heart Care, where he hopes to continue providing State-of-the-Art, patient focused clinical care for many more.

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STEPS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19

Thank you to all our patients who have attended our practice so far during the Covid-19 pandemic began. Your understanding and cooperation with new procedures we have in place to protect us all and ensure we comply with government guidelines is very much appreciated.

When attending our rooms you will notice changes such as reduced seating in our waiting room, distancing markings on the floor, protective screens, increased signage on our doors and walls and staff using protective clothing and equipment. Whilst this may seem overwhelming to some, the purpose is for your safety and that of our staff. Please be assured though that our team remain dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and cardiac care.

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

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle soreness, loss of sense of smell and taste- we advise you 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://campaigns.heartfoundation.org.au/covid-19/
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus