Our Cardiac Services provide comprehensive diagnostic and interventional cardiac care including:
• Cardiac Care Unit
• Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory
• Cardiac Rehabilitation
• Heart Failure
• Cardiac Services
Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
Our eight bed Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) provides care for a variety of patients with acute and chronic heart conditions, and medical patients requiring high dependency care. This includes patients with acute coronary syndromes, heart rhythm disturbances, valvular heart disease or heart failure.
Patients in the CCU are cared for by a team of dedicated cardiac nurses and allied health team members. Patients in the CCU are able to access non-invasive procedures such as cardiac stress testing, holter monitoring, echocardiograms and pacemaker checks.
Invasive procedures such as Coronary Angiography, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and Permanent Pacing services are also provided in conjunction with the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory.
The CCU team works closely with the hospital’s Emergency Department to treat and provide acute care for cardiac patients. It also liaises with other local hospitals (Mater, Proserpine, Sarina, Bowen and Townsville) to provide continuity of care to cardiac patients within the Mackay region.
Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory (CCL)
The $2.5 million, state of the art Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory (CCL) provides life-saving diagnostic and interventional cardiology treatments to people with a range of heart conditions. The CCL is used for the treatment and diagnosis of coronary artery disease, cardiac structural conditions and conduction defects of the heart’s electrical system.
Diagnostic procedures include:
- Coronary Angiography, Trans Esophageal Echocardiography and Electrical Cardioversion are performed on a day case basis
- Interventional Cardiology procedures such as Permanent Pacemaker Insertion and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention are also performed, with patients being admitted into the CCU overnight
- Stress tests on a treadmill
- Stress echocardiogram on e-bike
- 1-4 holter monitors
- 7 day event monitors
- Dobutamine stress echocardiogram
The Cardiac Rehabilitation team provides both inpatient / outpatient education and exercise programs for patients with a cardiac diagnosis. Clients attending our outpatient program receive a comprehensive physical and psycho-social assessment and a personalised plan of care. The full program runs over eight weeks, but delivery of the program is deliberately flexible to encourage maximum participation. The goal of the program is to foster life-long adherence to a heart healthy lifestyle.
Heart Failure Service
The Heart Failure team provides services across the continuum of care for patients with heart failure. Included are inpatient education and support, referral to and liaison with other centres, support after discharge with reviews via clinic, telephone, videolink and home visits as well as a heart failure exercise program. Titration of heart failure medications is facilitated via clinics and telehealth support for outlying areas.