What services do we offer at Heart Care Victoria?
For a list of services, we offer at Heart Care Victoria, please see our Procedures and Testing page or you can Contact Us to speak to one of our friendly staff.
Do I need a referral?
it is essential to have a valid referral to be able to claim a rebate from Medicare Australia. Having a referral also means we are able to process an online Medicare claim.
How long does a referral remain current?
A referral from a specialist only remains current for 3 months. A referral from a General Practitioner remains current for 12 months, unless otherwise specified by your GP.
Does my cardiologist need to see the referral first?
You are required to bring your referral with you to your first appointment.
Some specific cardiologists and services require your referral to be seen prior to the confirmation of your appointment. Our clinic staff will advise you if this is necessary.
Will I be able to claim my out of pocket expense with my healthcare fund?
Healthcare fund claiming is only available for inpatient services. Your health fund and Medicare may not fully cover our fees and consequently you may be required to make an out of pocket / known gap payment for inpatient services.
Genesis HeartCare shares a long partnership with Bupa means that as a member, you will be part of a great program that aims to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease.
What is cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is one of Australia's leading health problems and creates a significant health and financial burden across Australia.
CVD refers to diseases of the heart and blood vessels and includes conditions such as coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, heart failure, rheumatic heart disease and hypertension.
For more information on CVD, please visit The Australian Heart Foundation.
What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood in the arteries as the heart pumps it around the body.
Blood pressure is usually measured by wrapping an inflatable pressure cuff around the upper arm. The cuff is connected to a pressure measuring device called a sphygmomanometer. It is best to measure blood pressure when you are relaxed and sitting or lying down.
What is angina?
Angina is a pain, tight feeling, heaviness, pressure or burning sensation usually felt across the chest. It may radiate to the arms, back, neck or jaw. It commonly occurs with exercise or emotional upset and resolves with rest.
The main cause of angina is narrowing of the coronary arteries, reducing blood supply and oxygen to the heart muscle. This is why angina often occurs when the heart needs more oxygen and the body is under stress.
What is atrial fibrillation?
Atrial Fibrillation (AF), or Arrhythmia is a common cardiac rhythm condition that is seen increasingly with age (especially over age 60). The normal electrical trigger for the heart beat in the top chambers (atria) of the heart becomes disrupted by rapid, erratic electrical signals that result in a quivering motion of the top chambers rather than the regular pumping action.
What is basic life support?
Basic life support (BLS) is a lifesaving technique that involves chest compressions combined with rescue breaths (mouth-to-mouth). BLS can keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs, preventing permanent brain damage (which can occur within a few minutes).
Many people do not attempt BLS because they fear that they may do more harm than good. Remember, if someone is unresponsive, there is nothing you can do to make the situation any worse – any attempt is better than none
What is Warfarin?
Warfarin is a drug used to reduce the risk of blood clotting. The natural antidote to Warfarin is Vitamin K, which is found in leafy green vegetables. If you are taking Warfarin, it is safe to eat green vegetables, but you should try to maintain a steady quantity in your diet. Alcohol can be used safely in small quantities.
A stroke is a condition in which brain cells suddenly die because of a lack of oxygen. This can be caused by an obstruction in blood flow, such as a blood clot, or the rupture of an artery that feeds the brain.
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) can be a cause of stroke. In AF, the upper chambers of the heart quiver rapidly instead of performing their normal pumping action. This may allow blood to stagnate and blood clots to form inside the heart.